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Our Programs

The North Carolina Bar Foundation’s programs advance the Foundation’s mission and further its values of access to justice, service through the profession, civic education, professionalism, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Foundation programs are made possible through the generous support of NCBA members, Foundation Program Partners and others statewide who are dedicated to advancing the Foundation’s mission to be a power of greater good for the people of North Carolina.

4ALL Statewide Service Day

On Friday, March 1, 2024, North Carolina lawyers across the state will join forces for the 17th annual 4ALL – Lawyers on Call event. Through this volunteer program, lawyers provide free legal answers, information and resources to callers wanting to speak to a lawyer about North Carolina-related legal matters. If you have questions about volunteer opportunities with the 4ALL –…

Disaster Legal Services

The North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division coordinates the North Carolina Disaster Legal Services (DLS) effort in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). The DLS pro bono program provides disaster-related resources and services to the public and attorneys with the support…

Lawyers in Schools

Programs designed to engage legal professionals in volunteer service to promote civic education.

NCBA Pro Bono Initiatives

The pro bono and civic education programs team of the North Carolina Bar Foundation supports NCBA Sections, Divisions and Committees to organize pro bono and civic education initiatives that engage their members in service. If you are an NCBA member with an interest in organizing a pro bono or civic education initiative with your NCBA Section, Division or Committee, please…

NC Free Legal Answers

NC Free Legal Answers is a time-limited, limited-service representation pro bono program. Questions generally take volunteer attorneys about 15-30 minutes to respond to, or perhaps an hour if an attorney wants or needs to do some additional research before providing an answer to a client’s question. Sort and filter features make it easy for volunteer attorneys to find questions that…

NC LEAP

Founded in 2007 as a project of the North Carolina Bar Association Business Law and Corporate Counsel Sections, the Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (formerly known as NC LEAP) coordinates attorney volunteers to provide pro bono business law advice and counsel to small business owners through webinars and clinics held in partnership with non-profit organizations throughout the state that advise small business…

We seek applications from 1L law students attending a North Carolina law school from historically excluded or under-resourced backgrounds. First-generation college students and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are interested in practicing law in North Carolina are particularly encouraged to apply.

Patent Pro Bono Program

The Patent Pro Bono Program is an opportunity for volunteer patent attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to low-wealth solo inventors, nonprofit organizations and small businesses by assisting them with their applications to the USPTO. The North Carolina Bar Foundation has partnered with Georgia Patents, which accepts, assesses and processes client applications for North Carolina residents and provides referrals…

Scholarships and Assistance

The North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment includes funds established for and restricted to, the purpose of providing scholarships and grant assistance to qualifying applicants. For more information on these scholarship programs, contact [email protected].

Wills for Heroes

The Wills for Heroes program partners with local fire, police, and EMS stations/departments to host clinics where volunteer attorneys draft simple wills, health care power of attorney, financial power of attorney, and advance directive documents for first responders and their families, free of charge. Upcoming Wills for Heroes Clinics Wills for Heroes in Partnership with Wake County Bar Association: Wake…