Dallas Free Legal Aid

Dallas Legal Aid is offered by both non-profit organizations as well as law school clinics.  In Dallas Texas free legal help can be found through a number of websites as well as through local organizations.  Below is a list of some organizations that may be able to provide legal assistance. 


Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program-Dallas)

  • To Volunteer, Contact:Michelle Alden, Managing Attorney aldenm@lanwt.org214-748-1234, Ext. 2234
  • Location of Volunteer Opportunity: Dallas
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, Homeless, Housing, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits, Veterans
  • Projects For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals

Apply for free legal help from the Dallas Bar:

Apply for Free Legal Help from Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Neighborhood Legal Clinics

People can apply for free legal help at any of the following Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Neighborhood Legal Clinics:

East Dallas Legal Clinic
1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month – 6:00 p.m.
4105 Junius at Haskell
Dallas, TX  75246

South Dallas Legal Clinic
1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month - 6:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
Core Services Building, Room 122
2922 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Dallas, Texas  75215

West Dallas Legal Clinic
2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month – 6:00 p.m.
Marillac Social Services Center
Senior Citizens Building
2843 Lapsley Street
Dallas, TX  75212

Garland Legal Clinic
3rd Thursday of each month – 6:00 p.m.
Salvation Army – Downtown Garland
341 W. Avenue D
Garland, Texas 

Friendship West Baptist Church Legal Clinic
3rd Wednesday of each month - 5:30 p.m.
2020 West Wheatland Road
Dallas, Texas  75232

Triangle Neighborhood Clinic
3rd Tuesdays of each month - 6:00 p.m.
St. Phillip's Community Center
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dallas, Texas  75215

Veterans Legal Clinic (for Veterans and their families)
1st Friday of the month - 1:30 p.m. 
By Appointment Only - Call 214-857-0388
Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 S. Lancaster Rd.
Dallas, TX 75216

*Please note:  Clinics may be cancelled because of bad weather, federal holidays or voting.  Please contact 214-748-1234, extension 3348 to confirm that a clinic will occur as scheduled.  Please bring proof of income and residency.  If you have been sued, please bring your legal documents. 

People can also apply over the telephone through Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT).  At the discretion of LANWT and DVAP, the cases may be referred to the volunteer pro bono program.  Just call 214-744-5277, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


Law School Clinics in Dallas offer free and discounted legal aid to applicants who qualify.  

SMU Dedman School of Law Clinics

Civil Clinic

Represents low-income clients in matters ranging from housing disputes to elder advocacy to civil rights litigation.

Criminal Defense Clinic
Represents Dallas county citizens charged with offenses and face the possibility of imprisonment. It works with the Dallas Public Defender’s Office and provides students with felony trial experience.

Federal Taxpayers Clinic
Was the first tax clinic in the country with the authority to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court. The clinic represents low-income taxpayers needing to resolve tax problems with the Audit, Appeals and Collection divisions of the I.R.S. and the U.S. Tax Court.

Small Business Clinic
Introduces student attorneys to practical applications of business formation and provides needed representation for small start-up companies and individuals developing private nonprofit entities.

W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic
Represents children who have been abused and neglected in Dallas County. The Clinic is appointed by juvenile district court judges to serve as guardian/attorney ad litem. Interdisciplinary lectures given by psychologists, forensic detectives, child development specialists and social workers are a significant component of this clinic.
Consumer Advocacy Project
Made possible by a grant through the Texas Office of the Attorney General, reaches out to the local bilingual Hispanic community and helps resolve consumer complaints with recourse to formal litigation and focuses on informal advocacy, negotiation and mediation strategies, as well as community education.

Death Penalty Project
Exposes students to actual death penalty cases and combines classroom teaching with practical experience.

Clinic Contact Information: 214-768-2562


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