Legal Aid Academy

Providing legal aid with high quality training and professional development pro bono

The CBF Legal Aid Academy is an innovative pro bono program to improve training and professional development opportunities for legal aid attorneys and staff. The Academy was developed by a talented and diverse Advisory Committee made up of members from the Chicago legal community.

Through the collective efforts of the Chicago legal community, the Academy strives to meet the core training and professional development needs of the legal aid attorneys who serve low-income residents of the Chicago area. Without further sapping already stretched legal aid budgets, the Academy provides legal aid attorneys with improved opportunities for needed training and professional development so that low-income individuals in the Chicago area will continue to be represented by high-quality and experienced legal aid attorneys.

The Academy provides training mainly through two complimentary systems: (1) Coordinated Training, through which legal aid attorneys join already existing training programs at law firms and other organizations, where the subject matter is appropriate and space is available; and (2) Customized Training, through which firms, legal consultants, and others in the legal community create and present trainings customized for the legal aid community.

The Academy relies on pro bono contributions to provide both coordinated and customized training. To learn more about how you can help, download an overview of the Academy for law firms and others that want to get involved.

For legal aid attorneys that are interested in attending an Academy training session, download an overview for legal aid attorneys or visit the calendar on to identify upcoming training sessions.

For more information, or to get involved with the Academy, contact Roya Samarghandi at or 312.546.8022.