Over 300,000 low-income residents are eligible to receive ENLS services.
Thousands go unserved because of ENLS's limited resources.
Volunteer Involvement is key to ENLS' access to justice mission.
Private Attorney Involvement
ENLS provides attorneys the opportunity to donate time assisting low-income residents with a civil legal problem. This may mean that someone who would otherwise have gone unserved receives help.
Attorneys who provide 25 hours of service to ENLS clients earn an exemption from mandatory court assignments. In addition, attorneys are eligible to participate in legal training provided by Legal Services of New Jersey, which can meet mandatory CLE requirements. Most important, participating attorneys know that their time and experience helped improve the life of an individual or family.
Law Graduates and Student Interns
Law graduates and student interns are mentored by experienced staff attorneys in a well structured setting. ENLS will work with the student to obtain funding or academic credit for internship activities.
Those interested in internship/volunteering should send their resume, along with a cover letter to:
Ana G. Perez, PAI Coordinator
Essex-Newark Legal Services
5 Commerce Street, 2nd Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
ENLS accepts student volunteers year around.
Law graduates and students can satisfy the 50 hour pro bono New York State Bar requirement. Eligible individuals can practice under R. 1:21-3(b) with attorney supervision.