How to Use this Website
There are different ways to find pro bono opportunities on this website.
We suggest starting with the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide. That will give you the most comprehensive view of the pro bono organizations and opportunities in the state.
Using the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide:
- This is a comprehensive listing of pro bono organizations and programs in Massachusetts.
- To see the entire list of pro bono programs and organizations, click the Search button without choosing any counties, areas of law, etc. That will pull up the whole list. Click on the title of any program to get more information, including who to contact about volunteering.
- If you want to do a more targeted search, to only see programs near you, for example, you could select the County that you live in or enter your city or town in the Text Search box and then click Search. You could narrow your search even further by using additional filters such as area of law. We suggest that law students use the Projects For field to find opportunities designated for law students.
- If an organization has posted specific cases or projects they need volunteers for, you will see a green (for cases) or blue (for projects) bubble next to the name of the program. You can find the specific cases or projects by clicking on the bubble and then on the specific case or project you are interested in.
- Organizations may have pro bono cases or projects that aren't listed here. We suggest that you email the volunteer contact listed to inquire about specific pro bono opportunities.
Finding a Case
- Browse a listing of pro bono cases available for referral from organizations across the Commonwealth.
- If you know you want to take a pro bono case, you may go directly to the listing of cases. You will need to be logged in to the website in order to see the cases.
- Cases are listed by location by default, but you can view them by topic by clicking on the Topic link above the list of cases. Click on the case description to see more information about the case.
- To indicate your interest in a case, click on the Review this Case link toward the bottom of the case listing. You may only have 2 cases under review at a time. You will be contacted by someone from the program that posted the case. Whether you ultimately take that case is a decision between you and the program that posted the case. MassProBono is not involved in that decision. If you have not accepted the case within 10 days, it will go back on the list of available cases.
- To see the cases you have under review or accepted, log in and click on My Profile in the upper left corner, just under your name. Then click on Manage My Cases.
- Organizations may have pro bono cases that aren't listed here. We suggest that you use the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide to contact organizations directly to inquire if you don't see their cases posted.
Finding a Project
- Find a short-term project to fit your schedule and interests.
- If you are looking for a shorter term pro bono opportunity, you may go directly to the listing of projects.
- To see all the projects listed, click the Search button without choosing any counties, areas of law, etc. Click on the title of any project to get more information, including who to contact about volunteering and in some cases a link to a sign-up.
- If you want to do a more targeted search, to only see Lawyer for the Day projects, for example, you could select Lawyer for the Day in the Type of Project field. You could narrow your search even further by using additional filters such as Location.
- Organizations may have pro bono projects that aren't listed here. We suggest that you use the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide to contact organizations directly to inquire about projects they may have.