Free Legal Aid in Austin
Last updated: September 27, 2013
Do you have a legal issue, but cannot afford to hire an attorney? There are many options for free or low-cost legal services for residents in Travis County. The main ways are through non-profit legal assistance programs such as the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc, the third largest legal services provider in the nation and the largest in the state of Texas, or other pro bono groups including law school clinics. There may be income limits that apply for individuals to qualify for free help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.
American Civil Liberties Union of TexasAustin Regional Office, P.O. Box 12905, Austin, TX 78711
Austin, TX 78711
Tel: (512) 478-7300
Areas of Law: Criminal Justice, Cyber Liberties, Discrimination, Election and Voting, Free Speech, LGBT Rights, Immigrant Rights, National Security, Police Practices, Poverty Rights, Prisons, Privacy, Reproductive Freedom and Youth Rights.
Good to Know: The ACLU does not generally assist in the following types of cases: Criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, Divorce or child custody disputes, Property disputes, Tax problems, Consumer complaints, Landlord-tenant disputes, Building code issues and Complaints about lawyers or judges.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.920 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78751
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence & Family law, Economic & Social Justice, Housing, Individual Rights, Labor, Public Benefits, and more.
Good to Know: This office takes cases by appointment. To the extent possible, emergency walk ins applicants will be accommodated if there is a spot available.
Volunteer Lawyer Services Free Legal Clinics [PDF]
Tel: (512) 374- 2700
Monday Evenings at 6 PM
Martin Junior High School 1601 Haskell St.
Wednesday Evenings at 6 PM
Webb Middle School 601 East St. Johns St.
Areas of Law: Civil law except criminal and immigration.
Good to Know: This is a free evening walk in legal clinic where low-income individuals can apply for legal services. Spanish language interpreters, childcare, and security are available at each clinic.
Law Referral Service of Central TexasP.O. Box 218
Austin, TX 78767
Tel: (512) 472-8303
Areas of Law: Bankruptcy, Business, Consumer, Criminal, Employment, Estate Planning, Family, Immigration, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Good to Know: LRS is a nonprofit public service providing information about consumer service organizations and government agencies that may assist, as well as direct referrals to lawyers who have been screened and qualified. LRS provides will provide a 30 minutes attorney consultation for a nominal fee.
LegalLineLawyer Referral Service, P.O. Box 218
Austin, TX 78767
Tel: (512) 472-8303
Good to Know: This is a free legal hotline sponsored by the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas. It operates on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bilingual (English/Spanish) attorneys are available.
Capital Area AIDS Legal ProjectAIDS Services of Austin, PO Box 4874
Austin, TX 78765
Tel: (512) 458-2437
Areas of Law: Life planning, Insurance, Discrimination, Confidentiality, Immigration, Public Benefits, Landlord-Tenant, Probate and Family Law.
Good to Know: This is a pro bono legal services agency for low-income people who are living with HIV and AIDS.
SafeplacePO Box 19454
Austin, TX 78760
Tel: (512) 267-7233
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Family Law
Good to Know: This organization provides counseling, shelter, hospital advocacy, and legal advocacy for women, children, teen, and male survivors of sexual or domestic violence. If you need immediate assistance, please call your local police department or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Texas Advocacy ProjectPO Box 833
Austin, TX 78767
(512) 476-5770 Family Violence Legal Line
(512) 476-1866 Family Law Hotline
(512) 225-9290 Sexual Assault Hotline
Good to Know: This organization works directly with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking across Texas to deliver free legal services.
Central Texas Regional Office2222 West Braker Ln
Austin, TX 78758
Tel: (512) 454-4816
Areas of Law: Disability Rights
Good to Know: This office handles disability-related issues including access and discrimination.
The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP)6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744
Tel: (512) 916-6000
Areas of Law: Abuse, Health Care, Public Benefits
Good to Know: This office helps individuals ages 60 and over with a variety of legal issues including legal referrals and assistance with filing out public benefits forms.
American Gateways314 East Highland Mall Boulevard, Suite 501
Austin, TX 78752
Tel: (512) 478-0546
Areas of Law: Immigration, Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, Voluntary Departure, VAWA, Citizenship, Family-Based Visa Petitions, Detainees Rights.
Good to Know: Walk-in consultations are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Jane’s Due ProcessP.O. Box 685137
Austin, TX 78768
Tel: (866) 999-5263
Areas of Law: Underage pregnancy rights
Good to Know: This a 24-hour legal hotline for underage pregnant teenagers. It provides information and referrals for legal issues related to teen pregnancy such as emancipation, Title IX, dating violence, and health care.
Legal Advice Clinic [PDF]Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, 7901 Metropolis Drive
Austin, TX 78744
Tel: (512) 472-0279
Areas of Law: Bankruptcy, Child Support, Consumer/Contracts, Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning/Wills, Landlord/Tenant, and Public Benefits
Good to Know: This is a monthly legal advice clinic open to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. First come, first served. Arrive early to sign up. Call ahead to learn time and location.
Camp Mabry Law Dept.2210 W. 35th St
Austin, TX 78703
Tel: (512) 782-1169
Areas of Law: Probate
Good to Know: This office provides legal help with wills and power of attorney issues. Call ahead of time for an appointment.
Equal Justice Center10 South Congress Ave, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78704
Tel: (210) 308-6222
Areas of Law: Immigration, Labor Law, Workers Rights
Good to Know: The Equal Justice Center provides free legal services regardless of immigration status.
Law School Clinics
The University of Texas School of Law Legal Clinics727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
Tel: (512) 471-5151
Areas of Law: Capital Punishment, Children’s Rights, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Entrepreneurship and Community Development, Environmental, Housing, Human Rights, Immigration, Juvenile Justice, Legislative, Mediation, Mental Health, Transnational Worker Rights.
Good to Know: The Law School only provides legal assistance in a limited number of cases. They do not accept requests for help directly from individuals. When possible, the Pro Bono Program provides information about outside organizations that may be able to assist. Contact the individual clinic to learn more.
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