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Chicago-Area Pro-Bono Legal Services

Sometimes having the law on your side just isn't enough to prevail in court. After all, an effective defense requires skilled counsel and countless hours of research and well-executed legal procedures, which can cost a small fortune.

Many Chicago-area criminal defense attorneys offer a free consultation. A free consultation is a good way to get to know several criminal defense attorneys before you commit to paying for representation. To see a listing of Chicago criminal defense attorneys who offer free consultations, check out this resource: Chicago Criminal Attorneys

Fortunately, many attorneys also provide their services free of charge, or pro bono, for cases they believe are worthy of their expertise. The following is a list of Chicago-area pro-bono legal clinics: 

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
188 W. Randolph St., Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 427-8990
info@aidslegal.com
Service Area(s): people living with HIV/AIDS, low-to-moderate income clients in Cook County; Social Security cases, discrimination issues, insurance problems, public benefit issues, bankruptcy, employment discrimination; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

American Jewish Congress Legal Clinic
Bernard Horwich Jewish Community Center
3003 W. Touhy
Chicago, IL 60626
(312) 332-7355
chicago@ajcongress.org
Service Area(s): civil matters such as family law, bankruptcy, and discrimination; appointment only, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., every other Wednesday

Asian Human Services
4753 N. Broadway, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-2235
info@aidslegal.com
Service Area(s): direct legal services to primarily low income Asian immigrants and refugees in the areas of personal well-being and family law, such as immigration, divorce, child custody, housing, employment, and public assistance

Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic
206 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-1345
Service Area(s): housing law, family law, criminal matters; intake by phone

Center for Disability and Elder Law
79 W. Monroe Street, Suite 919
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 376-1880
Service Area(s): persons with disabilities and senior citizens (age 60 or older); civil matters such as ADA cases, bankruptcy, debt collection, consumer fraud, elder law, family law, public benefits, housing matters, wills/probate; intake by phone

Centro Romero
6216 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 508-5300
romerolegal@aol.com
Service Area(s): immigration assistance to Latino immigrants; walk-ins accepted

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)
220 S. State St., Suite 830
Chicago, IL 60604
(312)332-5537
info@c-l-a-i-m.org
Service Area(s): incarcerated or formerly incarcerated mothers; family law cases only; intake by phone or in person. Volunteer lawyers conduct law classes at the Cook County Jail and for the Illinois Department of Correction inmates.

Chicago Legal Clinic
2938 E. 91st St.
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 731-1762
info@clclaw.org
Service Area(s): bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, domestic violence, landlord/tenant matters, tort defense, contract law, wills, immigration

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
100 N. LaSalle St., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 332-1624
cvls@cvls.org
Service Area(s): civil cases, general practice (low income), bankruptcies, divorce, guardianship, adoption, tort defense, collection defense, landlord/tenant

Community Economic Development Law Project
188 W. Randolph, Suite 2103
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 939-3638
cedlp@aol.com
Service Area(s): non-profit community-based organizations focused on housing and economic development, and individuals pursuing small business development with the goal of economic self-sufficiency

Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS)
English: (312) 738-9200, Spanish: (312) 421-4478
info@carpls.org
Service Area(s): family law, consumer fraud, landlord/tenant matters, bankruptcy, debt collection cases, garnishments, contract law, housing discrimination, disability law, Medicare/Medicaid cases, elder law, veterans' matters; intake via hotline 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with hours extended on Wednesday until 7:30 p.m.

DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service
126 S. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 653-6212
las@anet.com 
Service Area(s): family law, appellate advocacy, bankruptcy, guardianship, adoption, wills, not-for-profit corporate advice for charities serving low-income persons, tort defense, collection defense, criminal misdemeanor, Social Security cases; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Inc.
220 S. State St., Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 347-7600
lcbh@enteract.com
Service Area(s): landlord/tenant matters, unsafe housing, evictions, lockouts, utility shutoffs; potential cases reviewed twice weekly

Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services
14 E. Jackson Blvd., 15th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 986-4015
or
Midway Center
3843 W/ 63 St.
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 884-2290
or
Calumet Center
235 E. 103 St.
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 371-3697
contactus@metrofamily.org
Service Area(s): The Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services provides free legal services in consumer, tenant-landlord, and housing law to low-income residents living in the areas served by the Calumet Center and the Midway Center of Metropolitan Family Services. Services include, but are not limited to, landlord-tenant disputes, code compliance, representation of Section 8 tenants facing eviction or conditions issues, payday loan abuse, defense against illegal debt collection, foreclosures. We do not take bankruptcy cases, but will make referrals.

Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 341-1070
wwinter@lafchicago.org
Service Area(s): family law, public aid matters, Social Security, migrant issues, domestic violence

Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 408-1210
life-span@life-span.org
Service Area(s): domestic violence cases (Cook County), divorce, orders of protection, custody cases; intake by phone 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; no walk-ins accepted

Midwest Immigrants Rights Center
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1818
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 660-1370
Service Area(s): low-to-moderate income immigrants; immigration matters such as Visa processing, naturalization, deportation defense, asylum; intake by appointment only, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

Pro Bono Advocates
28 N. Clark St., Suite 630
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 827-2420
24-Hour: (877) 863-6338
heatherm@probonoadvocates.org
Service Area(s): domestic violence cases/civil orders of protection for low-income residents of Cook County; walk-ins accepted from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday

Uptown Peoples Law Center
4413 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1411
Service Area(s): public aid, disability law, evictions

Will County Legal Assistance Program
5 W. Jefferson, Lower Level
Joliet, Illinois 60432
(815) 727-5123                                                                                                          Service Area(s): civil legal services to low-income and indigent residents of Will County