Benton County Legal Help Desk (Friday mornings)

Open Opportunity


Students will work alongside an experienced attorney at the Benton County Courthouse Help Desk to help people represent themselves. Students will gain experience assisting pro se litigants with drafting pleadings. Responsibilities include conducting interviews to determine legal needs, helping people find and fill out legal forms, giving general advice on how things work procedurally, and directing people to resources. Questions at the Help Desk include issues such as divorce, name change, evictions, emancipation, deed transfer, wage garnishment, social security disability, and guardianship.

Commitment: Fridays 9am-12pm. Students must commit to coming at least three times during the semester. 

Eligibility: All law students are eligible to participate. Rule XV certification is not required; no attorney client relationship is created in this work.

How to apply: Interested students should email the supervising attorney Marshall Prettyman at

Pro bono credit: This is an approved pro bono opportunity. In order to receive recognition for your pro bono work from the Law School, you must record your hours in GivePulse. Information about the Pro Bono program is available here: Contact Professor Smith ( if you have any questions.

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  1. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

  2. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.
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