Legal Aid Academy

The CBF Legal Aid Academy is an innovative pro bono program to improve training and professional development opportunities for legal aid attorneys and staff. 

Helping Dedicated Legal Aid Lawyers Grow and Thrive in Their Careers

Through generous pro bono contributions from across 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 people in the Chicago area. Without further tapping already stretched legal aid budgets, the Academy provides legal aid attorneys with improved opportunities for needed training and professional development.

The Academy provides training through two complimentary systems: (1) Coordinated Training, where 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, where 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.

Want to get involved with the Academy? Contact Roya Samarghandi at or 312.546.8022.