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1-888-LSNJ-LAW
1-888-576-5529

Open for calls 8:00 to 5:30 pm
Monday through Friday.

 


Volunteer openings are available in the following areas: Attorney, Hotline Telephone Intake & Paralegal, Tax Preparation, General Clerical & Administrative Assistant, Social Worker-MSW, Translation & Interpretation Services, and Publications.

 

Legal Services in New Jersey embraces the vision of full access to essential civil legal aid for all economically disadvantaged people who cannot secure a lawyer on their own. This belief in the importance of legal assistance to indigent people stems from an underlying concern with fairness, and a conviction that important legal needs of individuals should be addressed.

LSNJ offices are located in Edison, NJ, close to all major highways and NJ Transit

ATTORNEY

We welcome applications from attorneys who would like to volunteer their time in our Edison office. Our current, greatest need is in the area of mortgage foreclosure and general consumer issues. Many of our existing consumer cases are related to damages sustained by survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

We have other pressing needs in the area of Family and Landlord- Tenant Law. Services include providing information and advice through our legal Hotline to full litigation including trial and Appellate Court.

LSNJ attorneys and volunteers provide a wide range of legal services in all areas of civil law. Click here for more information about LSNJ.

Prior experience is preferred but not required. LSNJ provides a wide variety of trainings and has been granted approved service provider status by the New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Continuing Legal Education.

To Volunteer
Send your resume, cover letter, which must include the state and date of bar admissions, and a short writing sample to

 

HOTLINE TELEPHONE INTAKE AND PARALEGAL

Many Legal Services of New Jersey clients are facing eviction, threats of domestic violence, or a variety of consumer injustices. Clients can access our statewide Legal Hotline, which provides legal information, advice, and referral. This service is provided at no charge but applicants must be financially eligible to qualify. All callers are screened for income eligibility prior to receiving services.

Hotline Intake Paralegals gather identification, income, and other information about the caller’s legal problems and make referrals for legal and other services. No legal experience is required. Hours are available in our Edison office, Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 6 PM. Prior experience is not required. LSNJ will provide training. Languages other than English are particularly helpful.

To Volunteer
Send your resume and cover letter to

 

GENERAL CLERICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

LSNJ seeks assistance from volunteers in providing a variety of administrative and general clerical support to our attorneys and other professionals. We will work with you in developing assignments that match your qualifications and desires with our needs. Typical assignments include brief typing, telephone reception, file organization and other document management. Prior experience is preferred but not required. LSNJ will provide training. Knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office helpful.

To Volunteer
Send your resume and cover letter to

 

TAX PREPARATION

We seek volunteer attorneys and other accounting or tax professionals (CPA’s, enrolled IRS agents etc.) for the Taxpayer Legal Assistance Project. You will provide assistance to low-income New Jersey residents who have tax debt or other matters with the IRS.

Prior experience with tax issues and controversies is preferred but not required. LSNJ will provide training. Bi-lingual English-Spanish is helpful.

To Volunteer
Send your resume and cover letter to

 

TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION SERIVCES

Depending on skill level, the translation and interpretations services volunteer may be asked to translate brief correspondence between LSNJ staff and non-English-speaking clients including contact letters and client statements, as well as serve as an interpreter during interviews. Familiarity with legal and even health vocabulary is helpful, but not necessary.

Fluency in English and at least one other language and the successful completion of a translation and/or interpretation course or its equivalent are required.

To Volunteer
Send your resume and cover letter to

 

SOCIAL WORKER-MSW

We seek volunteer social workers interested in social work and the law. You will assist our Social Work staff providing support for litigation clients. You may have the opportunity to provide case assessment, develop service plans, identify community resources and assist clients in accessing services. This position is largely composed of telephone interventions and does not require field work.

MSW, with NJ Social Work License preferred. One year experience (may include internship experience) and an interest in working with clients with psychiatric problems, substance abuse or homelessness. Bilingual-Spanish highly desirable.

To Volunteer
Send your resume and cover letter to

 

PUBLICATIONS

LSNJ’s publications department supports the mission of Legal Services, which is to secure justice for people living in poverty, by producing legal education materials and resource lists for people who need assistance that is non-legal in nature. The ideal publications volunteer candidate will possess strong communication skills and be attentive to detail. Previous writing or proofreading experience is helpful, as is fluency in Spanish. Clerical and computer skills are also helpful, but not necessary.

To Volunteer
Send your resume and cover letter to