Frequently Asked Questions

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Pro bono comes from the Latin phrase “pro bono publico” which means for the public good and refers to people in the legal community doing work for the public good.
The American Bar Association (ABA) has designated the last week of October, as National Pro Bono Celebration Week. The National Pro Bono Celebration Week showcases the great difference that pro bono lawyers make, and highlights the growing need for free and low cost legal aid for those facing civil legal problems that affect basic living conditions such as housing, government benefits, family safety and consumer debt. LA Law Library’s annual Pro Bono Week Celebration is a week-long series of events promoting and delivering legal services for the public good. The week includes online, in-person and on-demand events so you can participate in the way that best suits your needs.
All of the information about the activities, events, classes, workshops and services can be found at our dedicated Pro Bono Week website:
If you can’t find an answer to your question at our website, you can email us at or call (213) 785-2516.

Free workshops, classes and services will be offered throughout the week. Lawyers will be available to provide free consultations through the Library's Lawyers in the Library program for people who have legal problems to discuss but do not have legal representation! By appointment only. Register here:

Please review the website to see what other programs will be helpful to you.
LA Law Library is centrally located in downtown Los Angeles at 301 W. 1st ST. Los Angeles, California 90012. We are at the corner of 1st and Broadway. The Civic Center/Grand Park stop on the Red or Purple Line is right across the street.
Most presentations will include downloadable class materials. We have created a special downloads page on our Pro Bono Week website at: Class materials are uploaded to the website as they are received from presenters. There are a few presenters who do not share downloadable class materials. See below for information on class recordings.
Most classes will be viewable online after Pro Bono Week. On-demand recordings are available for viewing starting Monday, October 23 and continuing after the conclusion of Pro Bono Week. Live Zoom classes will be viewable at the specified date and time as indicated on the Pro Bono Week website and your class registration confirmation. After that, recordings of most live Zoom classes will also be available. Please check the website after Pro Bono Week as class recordings will be added as they are processed and ready.
No! People attend Pro Bono Week events to learn about their legal issues, find out about their rights and connect with participating organizations. A complete list of organizations who are participating in Pro Bono Week is available at Many legal problems can be resolved before they become a lawsuit. Pro Bono Week can help you if you are in court, but can also help keep you out of court!
Many different kinds of organizations participate – legal aid, lawyers with private practices, social services, government agencies and community-based organizations. Classes, workshops and legal information sessions addressing specific topics or subjects are provided in partnership with experienced and seasoned providers.
Although we will be accepting walk-ins, registration is advised for all classes. For in-person classes, you must check-in 10 minutes prior to class time to ensure your seat is not reassigned to the waiting list and walk-in attendees. If you are bringing a family member or friend, they will need to register separately.
Registration is also required for all of the online classes via Zoom, in order for you to receive an email with the Zoom link to join the class.
Registration is advised for all of the on-demand classes in order to ensure you receive an email with the class materials.
We do have some workshops offered during the week that require appointments in advance. To find the workshops that require advance registration, visit the Pro Bono Week website at
We strongly encourage patrons to wear a mask when inside the Law Library to protect the health of our valued patrons and staff. Library rules can be found in our Patron Expectations and Rules of Conduct.
No, in the spirit of Pro Bono Week, all events, classes and workshops are free to all.
No. This year, childcare will not be provided.

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