The Capacity Building Academy is a free 3-month online course dedicated to empowering legal services staff with vital program management skills.

2022 Schedule TBD.

The Academy delivers training through a combination of webinars, peer coaching, and individualized consultations in two tracks:

Nonprofit Management for Legal Services

  • Assessing Financial Stability
  • Budgeting
  • Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning

Pro Bono Program Management for Legal Services

  • Pro Bono Program Design
  • Recruiting and Placing Volunteers
  • Training Volunteers to Work with Clients
  • Developing Resources for Pro Bono Volunteers
  • Measuring Pro Bono Program Impact

Eligible Organizations

All legal services organizations are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to organizations serving non-urban communities. We particularly encourage staff to apply from organizations with offices located, or serve clients residing, in the following counties:

  • Marin
  • Merced
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Benito

  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sonoma
  • Solano
  • Stanislaus

Academy Overview
Time Commitment

One hour every week for 3 months.

Online Sessions

Weekly online sessions on topics specifically tailored for legal services organizations, taught by expert OneJustice faculty.


The Academy will use Zoom, which is easy for anyone to use. No technical experience needed!

Peer Coaching Calls

Facilitated peer coaching calls give participants a safe space to share and receive feedback.

Individual Coaching Calls

Participants will have access to individualized coaching with OneJustice faculty.

Online Academy Library

The Academy will feature an online library of resources for further learning.

Pro Bono Transactional Support

Participants will be connected to corporate law firms for pro bono transactional support (e.g., real estate or intellectual property).

Cost of Attendance


Nonprofit Management Track

Pro Bono Program Management Track

Want a deeper dive into Nonprofit Management?
The Academy is designed for staff of all levels who work in either organizational administration or programs who want a crash course on program management skills.  Looking for a deeper dive into Nonprofit Management? Check out the Executive Fellowship program! The Executive Fellowship is a 10-month program that provides comprehensive in-person training for rising legal aid leaders in core nonprofit leadership and management skills.


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