Public Interest Law Volunteer Opportunities
Stand Down for Homeless Veterans: Law students, faculty and alumni volunteers provide free legal services to homeless veterans at the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event. Several hundred veterans attend the event, which takes place on a Saturday in April, and receive a variety of free services, from haircuts to job counseling. Students and faculty primarily assist those veterans with outstanding warrants on minor criminal matters. Along with the various judges, prosecutors and clerks in attendance, students are usually able to resolve veterans' cases that same day. For more information, contact the School of Law Legal Clinics at 314.977.2778.
Tax Assistance Project: Every January through March, law students work in partnership with local attorneys and accountants to provide free tax return preparation for low-income families. SLU law alumni are encouraged to volunteer. Local accountants provide training through an I.R.S.-endorsed volunteer program. Volunteers work on Saturdays at local community centers preparing returns for the families. The primary goal is to maximize each family's use of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Each year, volunteers help families collect close to $1 million in credits and refunds. For more information, contact the School of Law Legal Clinics at 314.977.2778.
Pre-Law Outreach Program: The SLU Pre-Law Program works with two local high schools, Northwest Academy of Law and Cardinal Ritter, to foster and encourage an interest in considering law as a profession. Pre-law and current law students connect with the high school students during social events and service and teaching activities. SLU law alumni are invited to attend these events and provide the perspective of a practicing attorney. For more information, contact Kelley McCottrell or call at 314.977.3695.