Public Interest Law Initiative

Legal Prep Community Law Clinic

This is a community-based clinic at Legal Prep Charter Academies in the Garfield Park neighborhood that is staffed by PILI Alumni. PILI’s Alumni Network hosts the clinic monthly in conjunction with Legal Prep Charter Academies and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS).

With the support of CVLS staff, PILI Alumni volunteers provide pro bono services on all civil, non-fee generating, non-class action cases. Types of cases might include eviction, consumer debt, foreclosure, adult or child guardianship, and more. As the clinic administrator, CVLS has extensive resources to help PILI volunteers get started quickly and develop deeper skills through continued use. CVLS will provide volunteers with trainings, forms, malpractice coverage, and ongoing volunteer support.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out one of the forms below or contact PILI Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

Legal Prep Charter Academies is a free, legal-themed, college prep, charter high school in West Garfield Park that opened its doors in the fall of 2012.  Their mission is to prepare Chicago’s youth to succeed in college and in life.  Legal Prep is Chicago’s first and only legal–themed high school, with a focus on the skills that all great lawyers possess: excellent written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and advocacy.  Legal Prep staff, students, and families work together to put every student on the path to college success.

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