A number of housing courts in Massachusetts have Lawyer for the Day programs where lawyers provide unrepresented tenants and landlords with assistance. Volunteer lawyers help parties fill out forms and understand basic legal information. Often the Lawyer for the Day will be the only source of legal help for low-income people in housing court.
Learn the law online
Legal services programs in Massachusetts have developed a one-hour online interactive course to help volunteer lawyers learn the basics of eviction law and procedure. Organizations that sponsor Lawyer for the Day programs in your area offer additional substantive law trainings and mentoring programs to prepare volunteers. See a contact list below.
The course is free. It takes about an hour, although you do not need to complete it in one sitting. You can come back to it at any time and find your place by using the course menu. You can also return to the course at any point to refresh your knowledge.
Note that this course has not been updated to reflect the changes to the eviction process resulting from the court's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Volunteer for a Housing Court Lawyer for the Day program
Your help is needed. Contact the Lawyer for the Day coordinators listed below to volunteer.
Or, send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll direct you to the legal services program that coordinates pro bono work in your preferred location.
The following Housing Court Sessions have Lawyer for the Day programs:
- Central Housing Court
- Eastern Housing Court
- Northeast Housing Court -
- Metro South Housing Court -
- Western Housing Court -