Helpful Organizations

Helpful Organizations

Free or Reduced Fee Legal Aid


LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
120 S. LaSalle St.
Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60603| View map
Phone: 312-341-1070
TTY: 312-431-1206
Toll-free: 800-824-4050
Languages: American Sign Language, Cambodian, Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, English, Farsi, French, French Creole, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tribal Languages, Urdu, Vietnamese
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LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation) provides free civil legal services to individuals and families in Chicago and suburban Cook County who are unable to afford an attorney. Households with limited assets and income at or below 150% of the federal poverty line may qualify for free legal help. 

We have higher income limits for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, seniors, veterans, people living with HIV-AIDS, and domestic violence survivors seeking protection from an abuser.

In addition, a person must be a:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Asylee, Refugee, or a person who has been granted Withholding of Removal
  • An Adjustment of Status applicant who also has a U.S. citizen spouse, parent, or child (under 21)
  • A victim of human trafficking
  • A victim of domestic battery (including domestic violence), sexual assault, extreme mental cruelty, or a number of other crimes which are included in the U visa laws

We can provide limited services for

  • H2A (agriculture) or H2B (forestry) workers
  • Lawful temporary residents
  • Individuals seeking assistance under the Hague Convention (related to child abduction)

While we cannot provide legal assistance in all immigration cases, we can talk to you to find out what kind of help you might need, and refer somewhere where we think you can get that help.

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Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
555 West Harrison Street
Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 60607| View map
Phone: 312-325-9155
Languages: English, Spanish
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The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic serves survivors of domestic violence who need legal assistance.  

We use our location at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse (555 W. Harrison, Chicago) to provide same-day services for people who need Orders of Protection.  Our intake hours are Monday - Friday, from 8:30-1:30 (or until we reach capacity).  To apply for our Order of Protection services, come to our office during our intake hours to complete an intake.  We suggest arriving as close to 8:30 as possible.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to represent you.  

DVLC also provides comprehensive family law services and representation for undocumented domestic violence survivors seeking relief under VAWA or through a U-VISA.  To apply for family law or immigration assistance, please call our office at 312-325-9155.



Private Attorney Referrals


Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Phone: 312-546-3282
Languages: Chinese/Mandarin, English, Polish, Spanish
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The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) is a network of independent, private attorneys who are committed to making quality legal services accessible and affordable for regular people. Many JEP lawyers offer fixed fees and flexible representation options (like unbundled, a la carte services). For example, they may charge less to help in one small part of your case that may be more complicated.

At the JEP's webpage, you can learn more about the Project, see JEP participant attorneys and sort by practice area, and/or fill out a contact request form.