Free Legal Aid in Denver

Last updated: October 16, 2013

Do you have a legal issue, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for residents in the Mile High City. The main ways are through legal assistance programs such as the Colorado Legal Services, a nonprofit organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through the Denver Bar Association. 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 (ACLU) of Colorado

    303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 350
    Denver
    , CO 80203

    Tel: (303) 777-5482

    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.

  • Ask a Lawyer

    Denver Bar Association
    Denver
    , CO

    Tel: (303) 698-0999

    Areas of Law: Criminal and Civil

    Good to Know: Volunteer attorneys are available to answer basic legal questions via phone free of charge. Calls are strictly confidential. Call to learn specific dates and times.

  • Colorado Legal Services

    1905 Sherman Street, Suite 400
    Denver
    , CO 80203

    Tel: (303) 837-1313

    Areas of Law: Family law, Domestic Violence, Divorce, Custody, Guardianship, Consumer/Debt problems, Housing, Issues for Seniors, including Living Wills, Medical Durable Powers of Attorney, Public Benefits, and Immigration.

    Good to Know: CLS does not provide help with traffic or criminal cases. This office serves the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson; seniors in Clear Creek, and Gilpin.

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers

    1905 Sherman Street, 4th Floor
    Denver
    , CO 80203

    Tel: (303) 837-1313

    Areas of Law: Bankruptcy, unfair sales practices, consumer fraud, public benefits, family law, debt collection, garnishment, and repossession, public utilities, credit access, contracts/warranties, loans/ installment purchases

    Good to Know: This group provides free or low-cost legal services. Call to be pre-screened. They serve residents of the following counties: Adams, Broomfield, Arapahoe, Denver, Elbert, Douglas, and Jefferson.

AIDS/HIV Advocacy

  • The Center’s Legal Initiatives Project

    1050 Broadway
    Denver
    , CO 80203

    Tel: (303) 733-PRIDE (7743)

    Areas of Law: HIV/AIDS advocacy

    Good to Know: The Center operates both a legal clinic and a hotline. They offer legal advocacy and referrals for the GLBT community and those living with HIV/AIDS.

Appellate Rights

  • Appellate Pro Bono Program

    Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant Street, 9th Floor
    Denver
    , CO 80203

    Tel: (303) 860-1115

    Areas of Law: Civil Appeals

    Good to Know: Appeals assistance is free for low-income persons. You must submit an application [PDF] for consideration. CBA will only help with civil cases. They will not assist with any criminal matters.

Bankruptcy

  • Bankruptcy Clinic

    US Bankruptcy Court, 721 19th Street
    Denver
    , CO 80202

    Tel: (303) 860-1115

    Areas of Law: Bankruptcy

    Good to Know: This is a clinic designed to help unrepresented litigants understand bankruptcy forms and processes. They do not provide direct legal representation in court. Call to find out dates and times of the clinic.

Disability Law

  • Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities

    P.O. Box 300535
    Denver
    , CO 80203

    Tel: (303) 839-5510

    Area of Law: Disability, Domestic Violence

    Good to Know: This is a statewide legal service providing help to battered women and survivors who are disabled or who are victims of caregiver abuse. Call for intake procedures.

  • The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People

    455 Sherman Street, Ste. 130
    Denver
    , CO 80203

    Tel: (303) 722-0300

    Areas of Law: Disability, Abuse, Neglect, Benefits Assistance, Housing, Employment, Access to Public Accommodations, Special Education.

    Good to Know: The Center provides legal representation to those with mental and physical disabilities, people with HIV, and older people throughout Colorado.

Domestic Violence

  • Colorado Anti-Violence Program/LGBT

    P.O. Box 181085
    Denver
    , CO 80218

    Tel: (303) 839-5204

    Areas of Law: LGBT, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Restraining Orders

    Good to Know: This organization helps all domestic violence survivors regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Call to learn more.

  • Project Safeguard

    815 E. 22nd Ave
    Denver
    , CO 80205

    Tel: 1-888-SAFEGRD (723-3473)

    Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Family law

    Good to Know: This is a free statewide legal service for victims of domestic violence. They offer legal services clinics one night a week. Attorneys do not provide in court representation.

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

Family Law

  • Child Support Enforcement Clinic

    Denver City and County Bldg, 1437 Bannock Street, Courtroom 368
    Denver
    , CO

    Tel: (303) 860-1115

    Areas of Law: Child support, Paternity

    Good to Know: This is a free informational, child support workshop. Volunteer lawyers do not provide legal advice or representation nor do they directly assist in completing court forms. Topics include establishment of paternity, contest of paternity, and the establishment, modification, and enforcement of child support orders under the federal IV-D program. Information on how to apply for services, child support calculation guidelines, and all child support obligations will also be provided.

  • Doing Your Own Divorce

    Denver City and County Bldg, 1437 Bannock Street, Courtroom 311
    Denver
    , CO

    Tel: (303) 860-1115

    Areas of Law: Divorce

    Good to Know: This is a free informational, divorce workshop. Volunteer lawyers do not provide legal advice or representation nor do they directly assist in completing court forms.

  • Family Law Legal Clinic

    Office of Economic Development, 1200 Federal Blvd. Room 1018
    Denver
    , CO

    Tel: (303) 860-1115

    Areas of Law: Family, Divorce, Child Custody, Paternity

    Good to Know: This is a free informational, family law workshop. Volunteer lawyers do not provide legal advice or representation nor do they directly assist in completing court forms.

Immigration Law

  • Catholic Charities of Denver

    4045 Pecos St.
    Denver
    , CO 80211

    Tel: (303) 742-4971

    Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration, Naturalization

    Good to Know: This is a walk in legal consultation service for low-income immigrants. There is a $35 consultation fee.

LGBT

  • Colorado Anti-Violence Program

    P.O. Box 181085
    Denver
    , CO 80218

    Tel: 24-Hour Assistance: 1-888-557-4441

    Area of Law: Domestic Violence

    Good to Know: This service walks clients through the restraining order process and accompanies them to court if they choose to seek a temporary or permanent restraining order against an abusive partner.

Small Claims

  • Small Claims Legal Clinic

    Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street Room 117
    Denver
    , CO

    Tel: (303) 640-5132

    Area of Law: Civil, Small Claims

    Good to Know: This free clinic is offered to explain to the public how to file their own small claims cases in court and how to collect on the judgments. They do not provide direct representation in court.

Victims' Rights

  • Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center

    1557 Ogden St., Third Floor
    Denver
    , CO 80218

    Tel: (303) 295-2001

    Area of Law: Criminal law, Victim’s Rights

    Good to Know: RMvlc represents child and adult victims of violence, including but not limited to the victims of sexual abuse, homicide, domestic violence, stalking, and vehicular assault. Clients must either be current residents of Colorado or victims of a crime that occurred in the state of Colorado, and the victim must be involved in an existing criminal matter. RMvlc does not litigate domestic, family, or civil cases.

Law School Clinics

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law

    2255 East Evans Avenue
    Denver
    , CO 80208

    Tel: (303) 871-6140

    Areas of Law: Civil Litigation, Civil Rights Community Economic Development, Criminal Defense, Environmental Law, Mediation and Arbitration

    Good to Know: This program does not handle DUI/DWI, traffic, felony, social security, disability, divorce/child custody, elder law or immigration cases. Cases are only accepted certain times of the year or by referral from a judge. Call for consideration.

  • Graduate Tax Program Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

    University of Denver, 2255 East Evans Avenue, Ste. 390
    Denver
    , CO 80208

    Tel: (303) 871-6331

    Areas of Law: Tax

    Good to Know: Students represent low and moderate-income taxpayers in administrative proceedings before the IRS and in the U.S. Tax Court (IRS levies, liens, audits, exams, offers in compromise, installment agreements, EITC issues, forgiveness of debt income and innocent spouse relief).