Free legal aid in Washington DC and DC legal assistance is available through a variety of agencies, law school clinics, pro bono legal aid organizations and web-based resources.
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
1331 H Street, NW Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005 • T 202.628.1161 • F 202.727.2132 • OTHER LOCATIONS
HOUSING LAW: We help preserve safe, affordable housing for District residents by helping clients address housing code violations, avoid wrongful eviction, and fight illegal rent increases. We also assist public housing tenants preserve their subsidies.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/FAMILY LAW: We help survivors of domestic violence obtain short- and long-term safety and stability for themselves and their children by securing protective and custody orders. We also help clients obtain fair, accurate child support orders for their children – support that is particularly vital to families living in poverty – as well as assist in representing parents in custody disputes.
PUBLIC BENEFITS LAW: We help District residents gain access to, and maximize their options for, health care and other essential safety-net benefits, such as securing unemployment benefits and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
CONSUMER LAW: We work to protect limited income and assets for our clients by focusing on preventing foreclosure and protecting vulnerable individuals from abusive debt collection practices that can be financially devastating for those living at or below the poverty line.
BARBARA MCDOWELL APPELLATE ADVOCACY PROJECT: Our appellate project, recognized by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association as a “model of excellence,” pursues an anti-poverty agenda and litigates important cases before the D.C. Court of Appeals every year. The outcomes of these cases have the potential to impact hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals living in poverty in the District.
DC Bar Pro Bono Center
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is dedicated to recruiting, training, and mobilizing lawyers to make desperately-needed legal services available to individuals and families living in poverty in the District of Columbia, and to the community-based nonprofits and disadvantaged small businesses that are critical to the strength of the District's low-income neighborhoods.
- Bread for the City Legal Clinic - SE
- Children's Law Center
- D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Advice & Referral Clinic - S.E.
- Domestic Violence Intake - Southeast Satellite
- Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia - SE Office - Anacostia Professional Building at the Big Chair
Do you need assistance with family or housing matters? Are you having trouble getting or keeping public benefits? Are you experiencing other challenges that prevent you from finding or keeping a job? We may be able to help.
Who We Are:Neighborhood Legal Services Program is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal information, advice and representation to low-income District of Columbia residents. We are committed to equal access to justice for all members of our community.
Intake Hours for New Cases:Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am- 3:00 pmCall 202-832-NLSP (6577) or come to one of our three neighborhood offices for assistance.
Christian Legal Aid of DC
CLADC exists to provide free or reduced-cost legal services to low-income individuals, families and non-profit organizations from a faith-based perspective. Utilizing a network of volunteer attorneys, law students and other professionals, CLADC provides legal services primarily through its legal aid clinics at locations around Washington, D.C. To learn about one of our recent legal matters, watch the video to the left.
Other DC Area Legal Aid Resources
Advocates for Justice & Education
Legal Director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
DC Access to Justice Commission