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Volunteer Qualifications and Expectations

  1. A demonstrated interest/concern for the needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander and low income communities.
  2. A commitment of 10 weeks, across your specific program area. 
  3. All legal and client-related work is reserved for those who are of 18+ years.

Available Volunteer Roles

Volunteers at ALA are welcome to explore various topics and programs within ALA’s umbrella. Volunteers may have the opportunity to participate in a variety of administrative and fundraising support services. 

  • Legal Intake 
    • Help provide free legal consultations to potential clients. Work directly with clients and attorneys to provide free consultations. Various shifts and times are available; this is a completely remote position.
      • Intake Schedule:
        • Monday 1:00pm – 3:30pm
          Tuesday: 9:00am – 11:30am, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
          Wednesday: 9:00am-11:30am
          Thursday: 9:00am – 11:30am, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
          Friday: 9:00am – 11:30am
    • Volunteers for this role must be 18+.
    • Fill out our interest form here!
  • Language Interpretation
      • Bilingual and multilingual volunteers are essential to our work here at ALA. Volunteers with proficient or fluent secondary-language skill are often asked to help with document translation, consultations, and interpretation. This is a mostly remote position, with few exceptions for client interpretation.
      • Fill out our interest form here!
  • Immigration Clinics
      • Clinics are hosted three to four times a month, on Fridays and one Saturday a month. here, volunteers will be able to work directly with clients to help fill out immigration benefit applications. This is a completely in-person position.
      • Volunteers for this role must be 18+.
      • Fill out our interest form here!
  • Civic Engagement 
      • Voter and election-related activities: voter registration and outreach, phonebanking, canvassing, poll monitoring, etc.
      • AAPI Voices for Justice: community education and outreach to uplift AAPI voices locally in San Jose, CA and Santa Clara County. 
      • Fill out our interest form here!

Law Clerk Positions 

Law clerks may have the opportunity to participate in various aspects of ALA services, including initial client contact, fact investigation, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings and discovery materials and trial and hearing preparation. Law clerks may also assist the efforts of both the community education and community organizing programs. Law clerk qualifications:

  1. A demonstrated concern for the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
  2. A demonstrated concern for the needs of low-income people in general.
  3. Law student training and/or legal experience preferred but not required.
  4. Bilingual skills in an Asian or Pacific Islander language highly desirable.

At this time, all law clerk positions are filled. Please try contacting ALA, about Fall positions, starting early August.

How to Apply to Volunteer

Send a completed Volunteer Application, your current resume, and state the opportunity you’re interested in at

  • To save the below application, open the application in full screen mode, then click “download” in the top right corner.