Volunteer paralegals at the University Legal Clinic (ULC) perform a variety of tasks. These include interviewing students, determining service needs with the staff attorney, corresponding with opposing parties and relevant authorities, conducting legal research, and developing a legal analysis of each case with the staff attorney. Each paralegal has regular contact with students, the public, local and state authorities, and the staff attorney in the process of helping students help themselves with their legal issues.
Strong oral and written communication skills are a must. You must also have strong analytical abilities to develop client need assessments and conduct legal research. Interpersonal skills are also of utmost importance. Each applicant should be able to work well in a professional office environment.
The ULC requires two commitments from each paralegal: a sincere work ethic and an extended time commitment. As a volunteer, each paralegal must be committed to assisting the students of UW-Milwaukee with their legal problems. This requires a significant amount of time and energy. The ULC also requires a minimum three-semester time commitment at ten hours per week. The first semester consists of a training program. Subsequent semesters involve direct assistance to clients. During these semesters, paralegals will have the opportunity to receive college credit for their time spent at the University Legal Clinic.
Application Requirements and Procedures
The applicant must be a registered UW-Milwaukee student. All students or all majors are encouraged and welcome to apply.
The University Legal Clinic accepts applications at anytime, however, we only hire new paralegal volunteers at the beginning of each semester (Spring, Summer, Fall). Application forms may be picked up at the front desk during normal business hours or you may apply online.
Former Paralegal Testimonies
“The best part of the clinic is working with the on-staff attorney. It is convenient to have a volunteer position on campus and it is extraordinary to work with such a talented group of people.”
“I chose to work at the legal clinic because it is a great opportunity to gain experience. I also considered this a great way to help our peers with their legal issues.”
“I chose to work at the ULC because I wanted to gain legal experience. It’s a great and friendly environment to work in!”