Over the years, the students that run USC PILF have worked to create partnerships with Los Angeles based Public Interest organizations to facilitate student participation in weekly or monthly community legal clinics. These clinic partnerships are organized by students, for students, so that we can learn practical legal skills while serving our community. It is also an opportunity for students committed to Public Interest work to make connections with practicing attorneys in the field. It is thanks to our donors, student participants, and the PILF Pro-bono Chairs that these clinic opportunities continue to thrive and grow.
Our Pro-bono Chairs have been working to expand our network of community partners in the LA area. Our goal is to provide more opportunities for students to engage in Public Interest work and to enable them to get the practical experience they will need.
Check out the community clinics USC law students participate in below.
LAFLA Skid Row Clinic
The clinic serves low-income residents of the skid row community, who often have no one to turn to when they have legal needs. Volunteer attorneys fill this need by providing general counsel and advice on legal issues including housing, infractions (jaywalking, loitering), consumer issues, government benefits, and other homelessness related issues under the supervision of a LAFLA attorney. Law students help support attorneys by conducting intake, taking notes and doing limited research.
LAFLA Expungement Clinic
A record expungement allows individuals who have completed their sentence(s) to dismiss misdemeanor criminal convictions if particular requirements are met, allowing them to seek jobs, housing and other opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them. This clinic requires students to interview clients and assist them in preparing petitions for expungement.
Veteran’s Legal Institute Intake Clinic
PILF has partnered with the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless and low income current and former service members. Students will work to eradicate barriers to housing, education, employment and healthcare and foster self-sufficiency.
Bet Tzedek Gender Marker and Name Change Clinic
Students provide assistance to clients by filling out petitions to get the client’s name and/or gender marker changed, and by preparing fee waiver applications and petitions to update federal and state identity documents.