Student-Initiated Pro Bono

The Access to Justice Institute works closely with student organizations and projects that facilitate pro bono work or community service projects. ATJI provides strategic planning support, troubleshooting assistance, and guidance in identifying community needs and partners in order to ensure that student organizations are having the most impact possible.

Please note: Student-Initiated Pro Bono Projects require participants to complete a minimum amount of training. In addition to project-specific trainings, new participants must also complete ATJI's Pro Bono Prep modules (Professional Responsibility for Legal Volunteers and Intro to Client Communication). More information can be found on our Programs, Events & Trainings page.

Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)

IMAP is a coalition of law students, attorneys, social service providers, and formerly incarcerated women who seek to change the rights afforded incarcerated and previously incarcerated women in Washington. IMAP supports incarcerated women by providing legal information on family law and dependency issues, and connecting parents to outside resources. IMAP offers monthly prison presentations at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women, and monthly presentations and office hours at Washington Corrections Center for Women. IMAP also works to connect community providers, such as parent, chemical dependency, and domestic violence advocates and experts to incarcerated women by hosting a series of classes and trainings at our prison sites.

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and attorneys to provide legal representation to those who have none. IRAP helps Iraqi refugees navigate the rules and processes of resettlement in the U.S. Our work helps families escape from harm and persecution.

Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW-SU)

SYLAW-SU works to eradicate the civil legal barriers that homeless youth and youth at-risk of homelessness face which prevent them from becoming self-sufficient. SYLAW-SU programs provide information and education to homeless youth, and youth at-risk of homelessness in the areas of housing, education, employment, family law, consumer law, and public entitlements.

SYLAW-SU also helps people with juvenile records to seal those records. The Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic is a collaborative project between TeamChild, University of Washington and Seattle University law schools, SYLAW, and the King County Department of Defense's SCRAP Division. Law students work with legal aid and pro bono attorneys to assist people with getting their juvenile records sealed. For more information, please contact Cindy Yeung at

For more information about SYLAW-SU or to sign up to volunteer, please visit SYLAW's TWEN site.

Youth Education & Advocacy Project

Through a partnership with SYLAW-SU, the King County Juvenile Detention Center, and local youth shelters, ATJI oversees the Youth Education & Advocacy Project (YEAP), where law students present a know-your-legal-rights series both for the girls in the King County Juvenile Detention Center as well as for youth and staff at homeless youth shelters in the local area. During these workshops law students and local attorneys engage with youth to help them understand their legal rights. For more information, please contact Cindy Yeung at YEAP is part of the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a long-term commitment by Seattle University faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines to join with parents, the Seattle School District, the City of Seattle, foundations, faith communities and more than 30 community organizations to help children of our immediate neighborhood succeed in school and life. Click here for more information on the Youth Initiative.

For more information about other student-led organizations and projects, please visit the Student Life Student Organizations page.