Legal Aid Resources

In addition to Christian Legal Society's Christian Legal Aid Clinic Directory and Find a Christian Lawyer Directory we hope you will find these publicly available resources related to legal aid and pro bono legal services helpful.


General Legal Aid Sites

  • FreeLegalAid.com
    FreeLegalAid aims at creating a website focused on giving free legal information to the public. Over the years, FreeLegalAid has grown into a robust resource, providing legal articles, plain English explanation on common legal topics (like divorce), sample legal forms, and categorized links to other helpful legal resources on the internet.
  • LawHelp.org
    Provides interactive legal forms, directory of free legal aid programs, and information about legal rights to low to moderate income clients. 
  • Law Help Interactive
    Printable legal forms, sorted by state and subject matter.
  • Legal Aid Research
    Documents about civil legal aid research.
  • The Legal Aid Society - Pro Bono Handbook - PDF
    A nine-page handbook showing Legal Aid offices how to connect attorneys with pro bono cases. 
  • Pro Bono Net
    For legal aid attorneys and others, provides training and reference materials, by geographic region, and a directory of pro bono services and legal aid organizations
  • State Bar Associations
    List of pro bono legal services, listed by state.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Federal Agencies
    U.S. Department of Justice's resource page of examples of grants, training and technical assistance, plus other Federal resources of particular interest to civil legal aid for underserved populations.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Forms
    Large database of Department of Justice forms; can sort by agency or form title.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: List of Pro Bono Services
    U.S. Department of Justice's list of pro bono legal service providers, by state.  Lists languages spoken and types of cases taken by the service provider.
  • USLegal.com
    Free and low cost legal information and forms (commercial site).

Legal Aid Sites by Subject Area

Asylum/Refugee

  • CALS Asylum Case Research Guide
    Georgetown Law's research guide on how to research asylum cases and track human rights conditions by country.
  • Immigration/Human Rights on the Web Research Guide
    Georgetown Law’s research guide.  Primary and secondary sources concerning general human rights, with emphasis for international women’s human rights.
  • The Immigration Law Portal
    Siskind Susser PC, a private law firm website providing immigration resources, such as (1) ABC's of immigration, (2) in-depth information portals, and (3) how to hire the right immigration attorney.
  • Office on  Trafficking in Persons
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website providing information about federal programs, resources, and benefits available to refugees and victims of human trafficking. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. 
  • Unaccompanied Children Resource Center
    Provides information about upcoming trainings, including e-learning courses, as well as service opportunities to assist unaccompanied children.

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy laws help people who can no longer pay their creditors get a fresh start, by liquidating assets to pay their debts or by creating a repayment plan. Bankruptcy laws also protect troubled businesses and provide for orderly distributions to business creditors through reorganization or liquidation.
Most cases are filed under the three main chapters of the Bankruptcy Code –
Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13. Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases. This means that a bankruptcy case cannot be filed in a state court.

Child Abuse

  • American Bar Association Parents
    Guidelines for legal representation of parents in abuse/neglect cases.
  • American Bar Association: Representation of Children
    24 page PDF document providing standards of practice for lawyers representing children in abuse and neglect cases.
  • Childhelp
    National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4-A-Child) Provides treatment programs such as Childhelp Advocacy Centers and Childhelp Group Homes to help children already affected by child abuse, and prevention programs such as Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe for Educators.
  • Children and Youth Victimization and Trauma
    16 page PDF document created by the Safe Start initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, providing intervention tips for practitioners to help juveniles who have experienced victimization and trauma.
  • Family Justice Center Alliance
    Webinars on child abuse and domestic violence.
  • National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
    1-888-818-7662. Provides on-going emotional support to survivors of homicide victims, while also providing education, prevention, advocacy and awareness.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
    A PDF cheat-sheet providing tips for working with children exposed to violence.
  • Yes I Can
    International Child Abuse Network - global provider of online information providing resources and information on child abuse and domestic violence. Offers facilitated chats in Spanish and English for victims and survivors of abuse of all ages.  

Civil Legal Aid

  • Family Justice Center Alliance
    Webinars on providing civil legal services.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Civil Legal Aid 101
    Provides a wealth of federal resources for legal aid, including the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable "Toolkit", an online tool designed to provide a roadmap to the ways in which legal services can enhance Federal strategies for serving vulnerable and underserved populations.

Criminal Collateral Consequences, Expungement

  • Collateral Consequences Resource Center
    Provides news about the collateral consequences of conviction, legal restrictions and social stigma. Provides practice and advocacy resources, and information about how to obtain relief from collateral consequences in different jurisdictions.  
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Downloadable documents profiling the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction regarding relief from the collateral consequences of conviction.
  • National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction  
    Interactive tool created by Congress; provides each jurisdiction’s collateral consequences, searchable by categories and keywords. Shows which collateral consequences are triggered by particular categories of offenses, and the limits on affected individuals' rights.

Criminal Law / Help for Prisoners

  • Prison Fellowship
    Directory of local ministries and resources for prisoners and family of prisoners

Debt / Debt Collection

Disability Rights

Domestic Violence

Elder Law (e.g. Elder Abuse, not Wills/Trusts/Estates)

Family Law

Grants

Housing, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant

Immigration

  • ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project: Immigrant Services Directory Web
    This directory is as a compendium of immigration service providers by state that may be able to provide assistance at low or no cost.
  • American Bar Association: Immigration Resources Web
    Resources to locate contact information of free or low-cost legal services for immigrants and refugees by state.
  • American Immigration Council
    (Formerly The American Immigration Law Foundation.) Sponsors intern and trainee programs at host organizations across the United States by providing direct support to Exchange Visitors, Host Organizations and Attorneys, from application for J visa sponsorship through alumni engagement.
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    Commentary on immigration issues, bookstore of AILA publications, news articles, hot topics, access to congressional testimony and statements, links to other immigration websites, and advocacy resources. 
  • ASISTA Immigration Technical Assistance Project
    Centralizes assistance for advocates and attorneys facing complex legal problems in advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Catholic Charities
    Present in most states, provides legal representation and information for victims of domestic violence with immigration issues.
  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC): Resources
    Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, promotes dignity and protects rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.  Provides directory of immigration legal services organizations by state.  
  • Family Law Resources for Immigrants
    American College of Law's practice materials, resources, and information on the intersection of family and immigration law and the impact on women, children and victims.
  • Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Division
    Resources to help immigrants spot and avoid scams and to find the right kind of help.
  • Georgetown Law Immigration Library Guide
    Immigration law research guide.
  • Immigration Advocates Network
    Provides webinars, library, and other resources for nonprofit service providers and pro bono attorneys representing low-income immigrants, as well as a national directory of nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services, organized by state, county or detention facility.
  • Immigrant Connection | The Wesleyan Church
    Provides directory of Wesleyan churches offering low cost legal services to immigrants, ideas on building relationships with immigrants in the community, and action steps for churches to launch immigration legal ministry.  
  • ImmigrationLawHelp.org
    Organized by state, this directory has links to clinics and immigration agencies in many cities within each state.
  • The Intersection of Family Law and Immigration
    Article by the VA Bar Association.
  • Legal Momentum Immigrant Women Program
    Focuses on poor, immigrant, and low-wage working women; nation’s expert on rights and services available to immigrant victims of domestic and other violence. Provides comprehensive materials and trainings for lawyers and advocates nationwide, and leads advocacy for legal protections, social services, and economic justice for immigrant women.
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
    Information and legal support on immigrant rights.
  • National Justice for Our Neighbors
    Nationwide network of legal clinics based in United Methodist churches.  Provides hospitality to low-income immigrants through legal services, advocacy, and education. Provides easy way for church members to assist immigrants.
  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    Provides information and referrals to victims of domestic violence.
  • Notario Fraud Remedies
    PDF Manual for Immigration Law Practitioners by Ayuda and Community Justice Project of the Georgetown Law Center
  • Pro Bono Attorney Manual
    PDF manual on legal immigration protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
  • Tahirih Justice Center
    Leverages pro bono resources to provide a combination of legal services, advocacy, and public education programs to protect immigrant women and girls seeking justice in the U.S. from gender-based violence.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: EOIR Immigration Court
    List of immigration courts in U.S. cities.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Immigration Judge Benchbook
    Contains files and hyperlinks as a tool to share useful information with immigration judges in the adjudication of immigration cases. Does not provide legal advice; the site directs those seeking guidance concerning Immigration Court proceedings to the Immigration Court Practice Manual.
  • World Relief Immigrant Legal Support Network
    Provides training and support to church-based immigrant legal services clinics.

Internet Crimes

Mental Health

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255) [24/7 hotline]  1-888-628-9454 (Spanish) 1-800-799-4889 (TTY).  Provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for individuals, and best practices for professionals.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. Provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.  

Predatory Lending

Sexual Assault

Social Security

  • Children - Social Security Benefits
    PDF - basic guide to obtaining Social Security benefits for children.
  • Disability Benefits - What You Need To Know When You Get SSD
    PDF - booklet from the Social Security Administration explaining the rights and responsibilities of those who receive disability benefits from Social Security.
  • Handbook: Social Security
    Basic guide to Social Security programs.
  • Hearings and Appeals Process
    Information about Social Security's hearings and appeals process under the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review; including how to request a hearing, and file an Unfair Hearing complaint.
  • Request for Reconsideration
    Form SSA-561: If a client applied for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits and were denied for medical reasons, he or she may request an appeal online.
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
    Official website of SSA; can apply for retirement, disability, and manage benefits, and obtain publications.  Summary: Social Security is a federal program that pays monthly benefits to aged, blind and disabled people. In some cases, other family members may also be eligible to get benefits off your Social Security account.
  • Working While Disabled
    PDF Booklet about social security's disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Stalking

  • Stalking Resource Center
    A Program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, providing help for victims, training, and information on stalking laws.

Substance Abuse

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. Provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. 

Trafficking

  • The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)
    Located in San Diego, California, with partners in Mexico and Latin America.  An alliance of over 60 government and nonprofit agencies in the United States and Latin America. Advocates for prostituted and trafficked girls and women, assists in providing a comprehensive, multifaceted network providing wrap-around services to women, men, and children who have been victimized by traffickers and held as slaves.
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
    Provides shelter and legal services to persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices.
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
    A program of the Polaris Project Hotline: 1-888-373-7888: text HELP or INFO to BeFree. A national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24/7, every day of the year. Hotline allows reporting a tip, connecting with anti-trafficking services in the local area, or requesting training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources. 
  • Office on Trafficking in Persons
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website providing information about federal programs, resources, and benefits available to refugees and victims of human trafficking. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees.  
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Violence Against Women Office
    Information about relevant laws, including the Victim's of Trafficking Act.

Victims of Crime

  • Directory of Crime Victims Helplines
    Provides contact list to find additional information for rights and services available to victims of crimes. 
  • Directory of Crime Victim Services
    A resource from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC); helps crime victims and service providers find non-emergency crime victim service agencies in the United States and abroad.  Can search the Directory location, type of victimization, service needed, agency type.   
  • Legal Assistance for Crime Victims
    Office for Victims of Crime provides training and technical assistance to attorneys with knowledge about crime-victim issues to provide pro bono legal representation. 
  • National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards
    An association of crime victim compensation programs which help victims cope with the costs of violent crime, with links to every state's compensation program.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Report a Crime
    Ways to report to the Department of Justice a violent crime, child pornography or sexual exploitation of children, trafficking in persons, terrorism, drugs, crimes involving alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives, fraud, computer and internet crime, and white collar crime.
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Office for Victims of Crime
    Contains guidelines of standards of care to serve victims of crimes, resources to locate local programs and contact a helpline, information about grants and funding.
  • VictimConnect
    National Hotline for Crime Victims 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846). Provides information on victim rights, and referrals for national hotlines and links such as identify theft resource center, FINRA Securities helpline for seniors, etc.

Wage Garnishments

Women's Law

  • Women's Law
    A project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, provides legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Federal Agency Legal Aid Resources

National database of legal offices: courtsystem.org

Information on local court records, prison records, background information on people, and local government offices.


Nonprofit Organizational Resources