The LAC is Reopening!
Starting on Monday, July 6, 2020 you can once again get help in person at the Legal Assistance Center. Initially, open hours will be limited to 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday.

For your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers, you will be required to wear a mask or face covering to enter the courthouse and to get help at the LAC. To promote social distancing we will be limiting the number of people in the LAC.

If you are not feeling well, have a fever, or have been exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19, please stay home and be well. You can still get help by phone by calling 616-632-6000. You will be asked to leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can.


Volunteering at the LAC

At the LAC, trained volunteers work alongside experienced staff to provide legal self help services to the people of Kent County. Volunteers learn about the courts, substantive law and legal procedure. Serving at the LAC is an ideal opportunity for college and graduate students studying law or aspiring to careers in law, social work or social justice.

Requirements for LAC Volunteers

LAC volunteers must be able to serve a minimum of one, half day shift per week (morning or afternoon, Tuesday to Friday), for two consecutive volunteer terms (January-April, May-August, September-December). Volunteer schedules are set for each volunteer term.

The LAC provides initial and ongoing training.  You do not need legal experience or to be studying law to volunteer.  Volunteers must be able to attend a day-long initial training.

See LAC Volunteer Skills and Commitment for more information.

Internship and Work Study Opportunities

Grand Valley State University and Davenport University students may be able to serve an internship for credit at the LAC.  Davenport students may also be able to service in a work study position.  Opportunities for other students will depend on their school and program.

Application Information

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and submit a Volunteer Application.  Applicants will be interviewed before a volunteer position is offered.  See the LAC Volunteer Calendar for application deadlines and training dates.