The BBA recognizes the importance of serving the larger community and providing legal services to those in need. We offer a number of service opportunities to allow our members to give back to the community while developing their skills in different areas of law.

Our programming involves:

  • Pro bono opportunities
  • Working with youth
  • One time community volunteer activities

The Lawyer Referral Service is the BBA’s largest public service program and has a specific commitment to reaching historically underserved populations. The LRS Program connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs.

The Boston Bar Foundation supports the pro bono and public service projects through a number of grants.

Please view our available public service opportunities below:

Our Projects

  • Law Day in the Schools Law Day in the Schools

    Teach a class and help educate Boston Public School students about the legal process.

  • Housing Court Lawyer for the Day Housing Court Lawyer for the Day

    Assist unrepresented tenants and landlords on summary process (i.e. eviction) day at Boston Housing Court.

  • Summer Jobs Summer Jobs

    Support Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative by hiring a Boston high school student for an eight week internship in your legal office.

  • Veterans Initiative Veterans' Initiative

    Give legal advice to military personnel, veterans and their families.

  • M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy

    This program, a collaboration with the United States Bankruptcy Court, teaches high school students about the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances.

  • BBA Lawyer Referral Service BBA Lawyer Referral Service

    The Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service has been helping people find the right lawyer for over 50 years. The LRS Program connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs. .

  • Marathon Assistance Project

    Offer legal assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

  • Practice Area Pro Bono Projects Discover Pro Bono Projects

    Find an opportunity that interests you. The BBA has pro bono projects for attorneys at all levels of experience and expertise.

  • Reentry Education Program

    Teach civil legal workshops to probationers to decrease their risk of recidivism.

  • Bar Exam Coaching Program

    The BBA offers free Bar Exam Coaching to help navigate the process, the anxiety, and the expectations, especially if it’s not your first time taking the exam. Sign-up as either a volunteer coach or a bar applicant.

  • CORI Sealing Clinic

    The Boston Bar's CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) Sealing Clinic Pilot Project connects low-income clients who have questions about their criminal records with volunteer attorneys who can help.

  • Service Innovation Project

    A new model that engages lawyers in service with a goal of advancing innovative solutions to address systemic injustices in our community.


Looking to get involved? Please contact Doug Newton, Community Programs Assistant, to discuss which of our opportunities will best suit your interests and background.

Beyond the Billable

Beyond the Billable, the BBA’s public service blog, keeps you in the know about the most recent developments in the BBA’s pro bono opportunities, public service initiatives, and training programs. If you are a lawyer interested in giving back, Beyond the Billable is your one stop shop for everything public service.

2018 Annual Report

The BBA’s 2018 Annual Report details the work of our public service volunteers and outlines our programs’ impact on the community. Read the Serving Our Community section to see the impact and read stories from our volunteers. You can find the entire Annual Report here.

Children’s Mental Health Guide

The Parents’ How-to Guide to Children’s Mental Health Services in Massachusetts was created by the Boston Bar Association with support from Children’s Hospital Boston. It is an informational resource and easy reference tool to make navigating the system simpler for families with children in need of mental health services. Each chapter of the Guide covers a specific topic and offers useful tips for parents and advocates.