Listed below are some organizations that are available to help people with legal problems or that have questions regarding legal matters.
The Chicago Legal Clinic can assist with Accidents or Personal Injury, Adoptions, Bankruptcy or Debt Collection, Child Custody and Support, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Expungement and Criminal Records, Foreclosures, Housing, Immigration, among other services.
Chicago Legal Clinic
118 N. Central Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
Cabrini Green Legal Aid can assist with Child Custody and Support, Criminal Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records, Housing and Landlord-Tenant Issues, and other services.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid
740 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services can assist with issues regarding: Adoptions, Bankruptcy, Child Custody and Support, Consumer Issues, Elder Law, Family Law, Foreclosures, Guardianship for Disabled Adults, Housing, Landlord-Tenant Issues, Taxes, and other services.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
100 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
The Legal Assistance Foundation can assist with cases regarding Age Discrimination, Child Custody and Support, Civil Rights, Consumer Issues, Disability, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Education, Elderly Law, Employment, Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records, Foreclosure, Housing, Immigration, Juvenile Abuse and Neglect, Landlord-Tenant issues, Public Benefits, and Veteran Issues.
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603
If you need a referral to an attorney…
Contact The Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 312-554-2001. Those attorneys are screened to ensure that they are qualified to help people in specific areas of law and are available to consult with you for a small fee.
If you are low-income…
If you cannot afford to pay for initial consultation fees, you may be eligible for free or low-cost legal services. Cook County has many legal aid programs with different eligibility requirements and guidelines. To find out if you are eligible for free legal services, call CARPLS, Cook County’s Legal Aid Hotline, at 773-738-9200. CARPLS attorneys can give you legal advice and refer you to another legal aid program if your situation is more complicated.
If you were arrested as a Juvenile...
The Juvenile Expungement Help Desk provides information and assistance to help you expunge (erase) your juvenile arrests and findings of delinquency from law enforcement and court records. The Help Desk is staffed by the Legal Assistance Foundation and Cabrini Green Legal Aid. For more information, click here.
Law School Clinics…
Each of the following law schools operates one or more clinics offering free or reduced cost legal representation to eligible clients. These clinics are designed to offer law students opportunities to act as legal practitioners while pursuing their degrees.
Chicago-Kent College of Law: www.kentlaw.edu
Areas of focus include: civil rights, criminal defense, employment, family law, immigration, small business, social security, and tax.
DePaul University College of Law: www.law.depaul.edu
Areas of focus include: asylum/immigration, civil rights, criminal appeals, death penalty, family law, intellectual property, misdemeanors, and special education.
The John Marshall Law School: www.jmls.edu
Areas of focus include: denial of housing based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, marital status, age, source of income or sexual orientation.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law: www.luc.edu/law
Areas of focus include: business, child welfare, community law, elder care, and tax.
Northwestern University School of Law: www.law.northwestern.edu
Areas of focus include: child delinquency, investor protection, small business, and wrongful convictions.
University of Chicago Law School: www.law.uchicago.edu
Areas of focus include: civil rights, criminal justice, employment discrimination, entrepreneurship, and the rights of the mentally ill.