Cooley Law School's Assistance to the Kent County Legal Assistance Center

  • Location:
    Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    111 Commerce Ave., SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 301-6800
  • Fax: (616) 301-6842
  • Website:

In the past five years, Cooley's partnership with the Grand Rapids Bar Association and Kent County to operate the Legal Assistance Center has helped over 50,000 unrepresented persons obtain the legal forms and information to navigate the courts. Over one thousand patrons visit the Kent County Courthouse-based Center every month, where they are served by a Cooley staff attorney and students, other volunteers, and a full-time paralegal staff. Spanish-speaking staff is available. Most of the Center's assistance is for family-law matters, but the Center also assists with landlord-tenant matters, expunging criminal convictions, consumer disputes, and a host of other legal matters commonly experienced by low-income residents who cannot afford an attorney.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Kent
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Housing, Public Benefits
  • Populations Served: General Public
  • Opportunities For: Law Students
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client intake and screening
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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