Free Legal Aid in Rochester

Last updated: November 26, 2013

Rochester is a great place to live, but just like in any city or town, getting legal help may mean spending more money than the average citizen wants to. Are you looking for a free or low-cost lawyer, but aren’t sure where to turn? Here at FindLaw we understand that legal fees can be tough on the pocketbook. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of free or low-cost legal service providers in Rochester for you to choose from.

The main provider is The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, but there are several more. Income limits may apply. Contact the specific agency to learn more.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of New York

    121 North Fitzhugh Street
    Suite 300

    Rochester
    , NY 14614

    Tel: (716) 454-4334

    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: All client intake is handled by phone, mail, or e-mail only (geneseevalley@nyclu.org). Make sure to write “Client Services” in the subject line. Write a one or two page detailed description of the events that have led you to file a complaint, who was involved, the current status of your case and what you would like the civil liberties union to do. They do not accept criminal or family court cases.

  • Empire Justice Center

    One West Main Street
    Suite 200

    Rochester
    , NY 14614

    Tel: (585) 454-4060

    Areas of Law: Family, Domestic Violence, Disability, Consumer Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Public Benefits

    Good to Know: This organization provides services to low-income residents in Monroe County. If you live outside this area, contact them to find an office near you.

  • The Legal Aid Society of Rochester

    One West Main Street
    Suite 800

    Rochester
    , NY 14614

    Tel: (585) 232-4090

    Areas of Law: Family, Housing, Immigration, Health, Education, and Juvenile Justice

    Good to Know: This office offers direct legal services to Monroe County residents. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

  • Legal Assistance of Western New York

    One West Main Street
    4th Floor

    Rochester
    , NY 14614

    Tel: (585)325-2520

    Areas of Law: Housing, Employment, Criminal Record Expungement, Public Benefits, Senior Legal Services, Wills, HIV/AIDS/Cancer Advocacy

    Good to Know: This organization provides legal services to 14 counties in western New York including: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties.

  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County

    1 West Main Street
    5th Floor

    Rochester
    , NY 14614

    Tel: (585) 232-3051

    Areas of Law: Divorces, Family Law, Landlord, Unemployment Insurance, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Wills

    Good to Know: Volunteer attorneys provide civil legal services free of charge to those who qualify under income guidelines. They also have several legal clinics.

Disability Support

  • Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims

    P.O. Box 20023
    Rochester
    , NY 14602

    Tel: (585) 286-2713

    Areas of Law: Abuse, Neglect, Domestic Violence, And Sexual Abuse

    Good to Know: This is a full-service advocacy organization. Services and referral support is free for Monroe County residents who are deaf, deaf-blind, Hard of Hearing, and/or from Deaf and signing families.

Domestic Violence

  • Alternatives for Battered Women, Inc.

    PO Box 39601
    Rochester
    , NY 14604

    Tel: (585) 232-7353

    Area of Law: Domestic Violence

    Good to Know: This is a full-service agency providing both legal services and an emergency shelter for battered women and their children. Call to learn more.

HIV/AIDS Services

  • Catholic Charities Community Services

    1099 Jay Street
    Building J

    Rochester
    , NY 14611

    Tel: (585) 339-9800

    Areas of Law: HIV/AIDS, Wills, Guardianships

    Good to Know: This organization provides legal planning services for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and living in Monroe County.

Law School Clinics

  • Cornell Law School Legal Clinics

    158 Myron Taylor Hall
    Ithaca
    , NY 14853

    Tel: (607) 255-1030

    Areas of Law: Children's Rights, Capital Punishment, Criminal Defense, Immigration, Innocence Project, International Human Rights, Juvenile Justice, Labor Law, LGBT Rights, Securities

    Good to Know: The law school only takes on new cases at certain times of the year. Call to learn about intake procedures.