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Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles CountyNeighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a private, non-profit law firm, envisions a day when communities in Los Angeles are strong enough to decide their own destiny; where access to justice is not predicated on social economic sta... Read more
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a private, non-profit law firm, envisions a day when communities in Los Angeles are strong enough to decide their own destiny; where access to justice is not predicated on social economic status; and everyone has income security, adequate housing, quality education, healthcare and the opportunity to improve their own lives.
Since 1965, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS-LA) has provided free legal services to low-income residents. We serve all of Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, the neighboring communities in the Pomona, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, and the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena. NLS-LA provides the highest quality services to its clients, individually and collectively. Our advocacy is directed towards both the needs of the individual client requesting legal assistance, and to clients who seek to enforce the broader rights of the low-income community. Equally important to NLS-LA is the development of self-help skills and other tools, which allow clients and client groups to solve their own problems and improve their lives and communities.
For the past two days volunteering, it couldn't have gone any better. They put you right on the job. Whenever I needed help, the other volunteers are more than happy to help. It is a great working experience especially talking and interviewing the litigants. It can be challenging working the system, but you'll get the hang of it later on.
I have been volunteering with NLS-LA at the San Fernando Courthouse, and the experience has been challenging and extremely rewarding. This is the perfect place to get practical experience for any one who has an interest in Law, and a possible desire to attend Law School or become a Paralegal. Each volunteer works face-to-face with litigants; we help empower litigants, we want them to learn and use their legal rights, and we help them navigate the legal system. You don't need to have any prior knowledge about the legal system, although, it is helpful. As a volunteer, we help litigants complete their paperwork and we work directly under supervising attorneys. This is an amazing opportunity to get as many as 35 hours a week. The application process is easy, the network and reference opportunities are extremely valuable. This opportunity is great for self-development and for your resume.