Attorney/Law Student Volunteers Needed

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


601 S. California Ave.CHICAGO, IL 60612
First defense
Help change the statistics.


Volunteer with First Defense and Be Part of the Solution

THE LAW : All citizens have the right to legal representation during interrogations.

THE REALITY : Less than 1% have legal representation present during questioning.

THE PROBLEM : Chicago has more false confessions than any city in the US, nearly doubling the next highest city.

Where you come in ...

When it comes to fighting Chicago's problems with police misconduct and false confessions, volunteering with FDLA lets you be a part of the solution! FDLA runs a 24-hour hotline that provides direct legal representation to individuals in Chicago Police custody and we are seeking volunteers to assist in this mission by taking shifts on the hotline and directly advocating for the rights of clients in police custody. FDLA is one of the only organizations in the country where you can gain this type of experience. Join us for our next orientation and learn more about how you can help the movement for police accountability.


*Gain the unique experience of providing direct representation to clients in Chicago Police Custody.

*Help educate Chicagoans on their constitutional rights.

*Help ensure police accountability and put a stop to false confessions.

*FDLA has flexible hours and allows you to take the shifts that work best with your schedule and answer calls from anywhere.

*Opportunities for networking with the Chicago legal community.

*No criminal law experience required.


*Students must be eligible for a 711 license

*Access to reliable transportation


  • Legal (General)
  • Employment Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Immigration Law
  • Public Advocacy
  • Paralegal

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 4+
  • 711 certification/license (we can help you obtain it if necessary)

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