New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a nonprofit legal services organization providing free legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford a private lawyer. NYLAG's robust Immigrant Protection Unit assists clients with a variety of immigration matters, including citizenship, legal residency, and removal defense.
Participate in Immigration Clinics
Students have the opportunity to participate in NYLAG's weekend immigration clinics, typically held on Saturday mornings. Law students will have the opportunity to conduct an initial screening of potential immigrant clients under the supervision of NYLAG staff.
If you are interested in participating in an immigration clinic, or just generally in other pro bono/ volunteer opportunities through NYLAG, please fill out the volunteer inquiry form at the following webpage.
Once you sign up, you will receive email blasts each month about all of NYLAG’s pro bono opportunities including clinics. The email blasts will include an online form for you to sign up for specific clinics. If you are chosen to be a volunteer at a specific clinic, you will receive a confirmation email from Jaida Samuels. Please be advised that because NYLAG only needs a certain number of volunteers for each clinic, they may not be able to confirm all of the students that sign up. Confirmation emails are usually sent one to two weeks before a clinic.
Those interested in NYLAG’s Immigration Clinics can watch a video of a NYLAG presentation from October 2016 here. In their email blasts, NYLAG also includes immigration relief webinar trainings that students can watch to prepare for the clinics.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Mari Cardenas (firstname.lastname@example.org).