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Free Legal Aid in Harrisburg

Last updated: October 17, 2013

Are you having a legal problem, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for Dauphin County residents. The main providers are through legal assistance programs such as MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through law school clinics. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia Office
    PO Box 40008

    PA 19106

    Tel: 1-877-PHL-ACLU

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. To apply for services, fill out an intake form.

  • Community Justice Project

    118 Locust St.
    PA 17101

    Tel: (717) 236-9486

    Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Consumer, Education, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits

    Good to Know: CJP limits their cases to class action litigation, representation of undocumented immigrants, and actions against the government. Income limits apply.

  • Dauphin County Self Help Center

    Dauphin County Courthouse
    Front & Market Streets (Inside the Law Library)

    PA 17101

    Tel: (717) 780-6605

    Areas of Law: Civil, Family Law, Divorce, Name Change, Child Custody

    Good to Know: Attorneys and staff at the Self Help Center will not provide legal advice. They can provide general information and legal forms.

  • MidPenn Legal Services

    213-A N. Front St.
    PA 17101

    Tel: (717) 232-0581

    Areas of Law: Civil, Domestic Violence, Custody, Housing, Health Care, Consumer, Elder Law, Public Benefits

    Good to Know: MidPenn does not handle criminal cases. Income limits apply to qualify for services. This agency can provide advice, referrals, counseling, community education, and legal representation in court.

Domestic Violence

  • YMCA Domestic Violence Clinic

    112 Market St.
    4th Floor

    PA 17101

    Tel: (717) 724-0516

    Areas of Law: Protection From Abuse, Custody, Divorce, Child Support, Spousal Support, Wills/Powers of Attorney

    Good to Know: YMCA provides legal advocacy and attorney representation at hearings, assistance drafting court documents and subpoenaing witnesses, obtaining photographs and medical records when appropriate, and legal advocacy and accompaniments for domestic violence-related criminal and civil court proceedings.

    Important: If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Health Care

  • Pennsylvania Health Law Project

    P.O Box 702
    Camp Hill,
    PA 17001

    Tel: (800) 274-3258

    Areas of Law: Public Benefits, Insurance

    Good to Know: PHLP provides free legal help to Pennsylvanians who are seeking health coverage through publicly funded programs, or have been denied a medically necessary service.

Housing Issues

  • The Fair Housing Council Of The Capital Region

    2100 North 6th Street
    PA 17110

    Tel: (717) 238-9540

    Areas of Law: Housing, Landlord/Tenant, Credit/Debt Counseling, Foreclosure

    Good to Know: This organization provides counseling and workshops for Dauphin County residents. Call to learn more.

Immigration Law

  • Catholic Charities of Diocese of Harrisburg

    939 East Park Drive
    Suite 102

    Harrisburg ,
    PA 17111

    Tel: (717) 232-0568

    Areas of Law: Asylum, Immigration, Naturalization

    Good to Know: This organization provides free/low-cost immigration legal services from volunteer attorneys.

Senior Citizen Rights

  • Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging

    Dauphin County Administration Building
    2 South Second Street, Third Floor

    PA 17101

    Tel: (717) 780-6130

    Areas of Law: Civil, Probate, Wills and Trusts

    Good to Know: Free legal assistance Legal assistance is available to persons 60 and older with economic or social needs.

  • SeniorLAW Helpline

    Tel: 1-877-727-7529

    Areas of Law: Consumer, Healthcare, Estate Planning, Pensions, Family Law, Housing, Financial, Elder Abuse/Neglect

    Good to Know: This is a free statewide telephone advice service for people who are 60 years old and over.


Law School Clinics

  • Widener University School of Law Legal Clinics

    3800 Vartan Way
    PA 17110

    Tel: (717) 541-3900

    Areas of Law: Veterans Issues & Environmental Law

    Good to Know: The Veterans Law Clinic offers free legal aid to veterans living at 150% of the poverty level or below that have been denied benefits by the Regional Office and wish to take an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals.


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