Organization: The New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project (NYC BAP) is part of Legal Services NYC, the largest provider of civil legal services in the United States. Legal volunteers work to save New York’s most vulnerable residents from wage garnishments, property seizures, and foreclosures. We target low-income working families, for whom bankruptcy relief can make the difference between being able to participate in the economy or not.
Program: NYC BAP seeks law student volunteers for its bankruptcy petitions program. Volunteers will take an intensive bankruptcy practice training, meet and screen potential clients, and then prepare the clients’ bankruptcy petitions under the supervision of experienced attorneys. The training is mandatory, and will be held on Friday, January 19 from 10am to 4:30pm in Furman Hall 210. To RSVP for the training, click here.
Time commitment: Students who sign up for bankruptcy petitions must complete at least three cases over the Spring semester, which typically takes about 50 hours in total (including the training).
Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language is helpful, but not required.
Note: This is posted as an opportunity to perform volunteer legal work. Whether the work qualifies toward the New York State Bar 50-hour pro bono requirement is a determination made on a case-by-case basis by the Character and Fitness Committee that processes bar admission applications. For more information about the 50-hour pro bono requirement, links to the rule and FAQ document, and who to contact if you have any questions, visit the Public Interest Law Center website here: http://www.law.nyu.edu/publicinterestlawcenter/forstudents/nys-bar-pro-bono-requirement.