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Free Legal Aid in Pittsburgh

Last updated: September 26, 2013

Home of the Steelers, the Pirates and over 20 colleges, Pittsburgh is a vibrant metropolis with historical charm and modern attractions.  The city of Pittsburgh is also home to over 350,000 people, many of whom will face legal issues that require the help of a legal professional. Legal help can be expensive, but there are legal aid organizations and law firms that can help. Below is a list of organizations that offer free or low-cost legal help to qualifying residents of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Legal Aid Organizations

  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA)

    928 Penn Avenue
    PA 15222

    Tel: (412) 255-6700 and (866) 761-6572 (Toll Free)

    A non-profit law firm, Neighborhood Legal Services Association gives low-income people in Pennsylvania low-cost or free legal help with a broad range of legal issues, including:

    • Domestic violence
    • Divorce, child custody and spousal support
    • Public benefits
    • Landlord/Tenant disputes and evictions
    • Public and subsidized housing
    • Foreclosure issues
    • Consumer issues
    • Elder abuse
  • Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHPL)

    415 East Ohio Street
    Suite 325

    PA 15212

    Tel: (412) 434-5779

    PHPL helps low-income consumers, the elderly and disabled get access to affordable health care and gives them free legal advice about insurance problems, including denial of eligibility for Medicaid and denial of medical services by insurers, as well as health care debt.

  • Allegheny County Bar Association Divorce Law Project

    436 Seventh Ave.
    400 Koppers Building

    PA 15219

    Tel: (412) 402-6714

    The Bar Association helps low-income residents of Allegheny County obtain simple, no-fault divorces at little or no cost.

  • Allegheny County Bar Association Juvenile Court Project

    436 Seventh Avenue
    Suite 1100

    PA 15219

    Tel: (412) 391-4467

    The Juvenile Court Project offers free legal representation to parents who are at risk of losing their parental rights in Juvenile Court dependency proceedings.

  • Immigrant Services & Refugee Resettlement Program

    5743 Bartlett Street
    PA 15217

    Tel: (412) 422-7200

    The Immigrant Services & Refugee Resettlement Program offers legal advice and representation to immigrants and refugees. Run by the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Pittsburgh, the program offers free legal consultations for immigrants and refugees who need help with naturalization, resettlement or other immigrant-related legal issues.

  • Community Justice Project (CJP)

    429 Forbes Avenue
    Suite 1705

    PA 15219

    Tel: (412) 434-6002

    Community Justice Project is a non-profit law firm that protects the civil rights of low-income people in Pennsylvania through impact litigation. If you believe your civil rights have been violated, CJP may be interested in taking your case for free. Issues the project has litigated include the following:

    • Employment issues (employment rights, wage, hour and fair labor standards, issues for migrants)
    • Landlord/Tenant issues (eviction, fair housing, tenant rights)
    • Public benefits programs (public and subsidized housing, disability)
    • Education issues (special education programs)
    • Consumer issues (pensions and retirement programs)
    • Civil rights (immigrant rights, probationer rights, housing and employment discrimination)
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