Pro Bono Opportunities

What is Pro Bono?

Generally, legal services that are provided without expectation of compensation to indigent individuals, or to not for-profit organizations with a primary purpose of providing services to the poor or on behalf of the poor qualify as pro bono work. Legal work on matters that have been screened and referred by a qualified legal services provider will qualify as pro bono under the State Bar’s Pro Bono Resolution.

Read more by downloading the PRO BONO FAQs or the  State Bar of California Pro Bono Resolution

Where can I find pro bono volunteer opportunities?

See the Pro Bono Programs Guide at CaliforniaProBono.org, a joint project of OneJustice and Pro Bono Net, in collaboration with Pro Bono Legal Services Providers across California. Local legal services program are another source for volunteer opportunities

Where can I get training?

Find FREE MCLE training programs via Practising Law Institute (PLI) and Pro Bono Training Institute

Some local legal services organizations also provide training and support. To find out more about related pro bono trainings, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Join the Pro Bono Practice Program

The State Bar waives the active status membership fee for eligible attorneys who do pro bono work exclusively with a Qualified Legal Services Provider or a State Bar certified lawyer referral service, no-fee or pro-bono panel or a court-based self-help center that is in compliance with California Rule of Court 10.960.  

Learn more or download application form

Apply to receive the Wiley W. Manuel Certificates for your pro bono work

The certificate recognizes lawyers, law students, paralegals, legal secretaries and other volunteers in California who contribute at leat 50 hours of pro bono service in a 12-month period.

Download the form and get it signed by the pro bono program coordinator.

Learn about the President's Pro Bono Service Awards

Every year at the Annual Meeting the State Bar honors recipients showing exemplary pro bono work.
Learn more or see the past recipients at www.calbar.org/awards

Interested in helping Veterans?

Contact the State Bar at helpvets@calbar.ca.gov and we will send contact and case information for your geographical area.

How can I volunteer after a disaster strikes?

Learn how to provide legal assistance to disaster survivors by viewing the following free on-demand web programs via Practising Law Institute:

Sign-up to be an on-call volunteer at disastervolunteer@calbar.ca.gov

Where can I find pro bono opportunities in Federal Court?

Where can I find pro bono appellate opportunities?

Other Pro Bono Resource Links