Civil Legal Services
Civil legal services (often interchangeable with Legal Aid) programs provide direct client representation for free or reduced cost to low income clients. Client needs most often involve landlord-tenant disputes, employment, public benefits, health care and family law.
Many legal services offices are organized by subject matter, and the staff lawyers specialize in one area of practice. In some offices lawyers are generalists handling the spectrum of cases that fall within their program’s mandate. Most lawyers work in non-profit legal services organizations.
- ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty provides support to the legal services and advocacy community.
- Harvard Law Legal Services Specialty Career Guide provides an overview of different opportunities within legal services and includes narratives from alum in legal services.
- National Legal Aid and Defender Association is a comprehensive site that provides support to legal aid lawyers.
- Bread for the City
- Legal Aid of the District of Columbia
- National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
- NY Legal Assistance Group
- Public Counsel, LA
Legal Services Provider Directories
- DC Consortium of Legal Services Providers lists civil legal aid organizations specifically within the DC area.
- Legal Services Corporation (LSC) operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. See especially, “Find Legal Aid,” for a list of LSC funded programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- LawHelp.org is a list of agencies across the country that provide direct representation.