Nashville Legal Aid

Free legal aid in Nashville is available from many sources, including state and county bar organizations, pro bono legal aid organizations,  Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands:   (800) 238-1443Legal Aid of East Tennessee:   (865) 637-0484West TN Legal Services, Inc.:   (731) 423-0616Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.:    (901) 523-8822See more at: Legal Aid SocietyJustice Should Never Be Rationed

Legal Aid Society is a private, non-profit organization that provides free legal services to people with low income. We do not take criminal cases. We only do civil cases – cases where you yourself will not be sent to jail. We have 8 offices that serve 48 Tennessee counties. Our offices are in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma. The Nashville office covers these Tennessee counties:

DavidsonWilliamsonOur address:     300 Deaderick Street                          Nashville, TN 37201

Please call us at 615-244-6610 before you come in. Or you can call 1-800-238-1443. It's a free call. You may not have to come to our office. We may be able to help by phone or mail. Or we may be able to come to the county where you live. The front desk will take your name and number. We will call you back in 5 to 7 days.

We are open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

We only take legal problems that you yourself can’t go to jail for. If you have a criminal case, you need to call the Public Defender’s office.

We take as many cases as we can. We are sorry we don’t have enough lawyers for everyone. What if we can’t take your case? We still may be able to give you one-time legal advice. Or tell you where else you can get help. We also have booklets on this website.

Legal Aid Clinics in and Around Nashville

Mercy Clinic/St. Andrew Lutheran - 1st Thursday of every month, 4:30 p.m., 908 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN  37064

MNPS Clinic/El Office - 3rd Saturday of the month - 8:30 a.m., 615 Fessey Park Road, Nashville, TN  37204

Nashville 2nd Tuesday Clinic - 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30 P.M. at Legal Aid Society, 300 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37201

Nashville McHugh Clinic - last Saturday of the month, except April and December, 8:30 A.M. at Legal Aid Society, 300 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37201

Oak Ridge Clinic - 3rd Tuesday of every month except December, 4:30 p.m. at Legal Aid Society, 575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201, Oak Ridge, TN. Call 865-483 8454 or 1-800-483-8457 to let us know you are coming.

Rutherford County Saturday Clinic - 3rd Saturday of every month except December, 9 to 11 a.m., Higher Ground Worship Center Legal Clinic 9 to11 AM, 2424 Yearwood Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN


aLEGALz - Free help to find resources to deal with civil legal issues for those who cannot afford a lawyer. Call 1-844-Help4TN (1-844-435-7486) and leave a message at any time. Calls are returned by a licensed Tennessee lawyer. - Free legal advice about civil problems for Tennessee residents with income less than 250% of poverty and minimum assets. You create a user name and password and post a legal question. A lawyer will respond through the website.

Nashville Bar Association/Dial-A-Lawyer - Free legal advice by telephone from volunteer lawyers on the first Tuesday each month between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Call 615-242-9272

Davidson County Public Defender - Free Legal help for poor defendants who are in jail, charged with a crime and are unable to make bond, or other defendants by court order. The office is at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 2022, Nashville TN. To apply for help or for more information call 615-862-5730

ACLU-TN - Help to address civil liberties and civil rights matters arising in the state of Tennessee with information, self help information, referrals and limited representation in lawsuits Complete the on-line form at to apply.

Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC) - Free legal help for Tennesseans with disabilities in certain types of cases.To apply for help or for more information call 1-800-342-1660.


Southern Migrant Legal Services in Nashville - Free legal services to migrant and seasonal farm workers in Tennessee. To apply for help or for more information call 866-721-7828.

Tennessee Fair Housing Council - Help to address housing discrimination, provides education and advocacy on housing discrimination, and takes complaints, with some legal help to negotiate disability-related accommodations with landlords, and filing administrative complaints or lawsuits. To apply for help or for more information call 615-874-2344.

Tennessee Justice Center - Legal help for families in need, focusing on policy issues and civil cases in which basic necessities are at stake. To apply for help or for more information call 615-255-0331.

Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts - Legal help for low-income artists of all disciplines, as well as legal and business assistance to emerging nonprofit arts organizations. To apply for help or for more information call 615-743-3055 or go to

Vanderbilt Legal Clinic - Free legal help in special education; victims of domestic violence needing help obtaining orders of protection or with custody issues for unmarried persons; intellectual property issues.To apply for help or for more information call 615-322-6562.

Workers’ Dignity Project (WDP)/Dignidad Obrera - Legal help for low-wage workers to recover wages and improve workplace conditions. To apply for help or for more information call 615-601-2820 or go to


Free, Easy Online Application for Legal Aid of East Tennessee

This free program lets you apply for help from Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET). We help low-income East Tennesseans, seniors, and persons with disabilities with legal issues. We do not help with criminal cases. If you’ve been charged with a crime, ask for a public defender.

This program works by asking you questions (which may take up to 30 minutes), then sending your answers to Legal Aid. After you speak with a client intake specialist, we may schedule an appointment with you, give you advice or educational materials, or we may refer you to another organization.

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