Get Involved Through Pro Bono Opportunities for UF Law Students at Three Rivers Legal Services
Looking for legal work to boost your resume? Want to make a difference in your community? Working towards your Pro Bono Certificate? Three Rivers Legal Services offers volunteer opportunities for UF Law students who want to learn the practical aspects of a legal career.
“Our volunteers get to work one-on-one with clients, apply their legal knowledge to everyday issues, and empower low-income communities,” Whitney Untiedt (JD 05, pictured above), an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Attorney with Three Rivers, said. “The students are motivated to help solve our clients’ issues, and in turn the clients are grateful to meet people who are willing to stand up for them. It is definitely a win-win situation.”
Student volunteers are supervised by experienced attorneys while earning pro bono credit in a clinical, client-based setting. “I absolutely plan on volunteering with Three Rivers this semester, and even into my third year of law school,” Natalie Peters, a 2L who volunteered with Three Rivers last semester, said. “Three Rivers has given me amazing hands-on experience – something that employers and other members of the legal field find to be very beneficial.”
This semester, Three Rivers will offer several opportunities for interested students, including:
- Housing: Volunteers will conduct client interviews and draft memos and letters on landlord/tenant issues. The Housing Clinic is divided into two sessions; Housing A meets each Monday in February, and Housing B meets on Mondays in March and April.
- Pro Se Divorce: Volunteers will assist domestic violence and low-income clients with completing forms necessary to file for divorce and related child support actions. The Pro Se Divorce Clinic meets on Fridays throughout the semester, with two Saturday sessions for working parents.
- General Legal Intake: As the clients’ first point of contact with Three Rivers, volunteers will interview clients and draft memos on various civil legal issues. Students may volunteer time on either Monday afternoons or Tuesday mornings throughout the semester.
- Rural Outreach: Volunteers will travel with Three Rivers attorneys to rural counties in north central Florida, to give presentations focusing on consumer law and other issues facing rural populations.
Law students will participate in a legal training session on Feb. 1 before going into the field. Three Rivers attorneys Whitney Untiedt and Debra Rosenbluth will be on campus during the weeks of Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 to answer questions about the clinics and to share general information about the mission of legal services in Florida. For more information, or to volunteer with Three Rivers, go to www.trls.org or call 352-372-0519.