Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of volunteers that work with our office on a regular basis. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form on the right. Please note the following instructions, based on your individual qualifications:

Expert Witnesses

We often utilize expert witnesses for case consultation and case analysis, who are kind enough to work pro bono or at a reduced rate. Please attach a current CV and note your specific interest in the text box to the right. In addition, every year we invite experts to educate our students on their particular expertise. This is an invaluable experience to the clinic students to learn from real life professionals on real life issues.  Our students leave the California Innocence Project with a plethora of knowledge across all fields of forensic science.

Attorney Volunteers

We have several hundred volunteer attorneys assisting us in a variety of ways. The most basic volunteer opportunity involves initial case screening to determine whether the Innocence Project should conduct a full-blown investigation. Our more seasoned volunteer attorneys (usually big law firms) partner with us on case representation. Please attach a resume and note your interest level in the text box to the right.


We have a panel of licensed investigators we use on a regular basis. In addition, retired police officers, sheriff’s deputies, parole and probation officers, and retired prison guards volunteer their time to conduct investigations on our behalf. Investigators can volunteer for a single investigation, or get more involved and take on an entire case (depending on experience). Please attach a resume and let us know your interest level in the text box to the right.


We hire unpaid interns to work in our office during each trimester. This is a valuable experience for anyone interested in criminal law or post-conviction law. Hours are flexible (5-35 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). If you are interested, be sure to attach your resume and include your cover letter in the “What Would You Like To Do” section to the right. First priority will be given to high school, college, law, and post-bar students. Please note, we do not provide remote internship opportunities; interns must be available to work in our San Diego office for the duration of their internship.

Summer Deadline: March 1st 

Fall Deadline: July 1st

Spring Deadline: November 1st