Free Legal Aid in Eugene

Last updated: December 12, 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 Lane county residents. Your main options are through legal assistance programs such as the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center, a non-profit law firm with over 40 years of experience in serving the legal needs of Lane County's low-income residents.

Alternatively, you may be able to find assistance through other programs run by 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. Check out the list below for information about each agency, the areas of law it can help with, and more.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon

    P.O. Box 40585
    Portland
    , OR 97240

    Tel: (503) 227-3186

    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 issue, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. Click here to submit an online request for legal services.

  • Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Program

    376 E. Eleventh Street
    Eugene
    , OR 97401

    Tel: (541) 485-1017

    Areas of Law: Civil

    Good to Know: This agency provides direct legal services free of charge to those who qualify based on income guidelines. Call to learn more.

  • Modest Means Program

    State Bar of Oregon Modest Means Program
    PO Box 231935

    Tigard
    , OR 97281

    Tel: (503) 431-6444

    Areas of Law: Criminal, Consumer, Family, and Landlord/Tenant

    Good to Know: This is a legal referral service run by the Oregon State Bar for middle-income persons. They assist people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer’s standard rate.

Child Support

  • Child Support Hotline


    Tel: 1-800-383-1222

    Areas of Law: Child Support, Payments

    Good to Know: This is a free statewide legal hotline that can provide you with brief information and help regarding child support issues. The hotline operates during limited hours. Call to learn more.

Domestic Violence and Family Law

  • Survivors Justice Center

    376 East 11th Avenue
    Eugene
    , OR 97401

    Tel: (541) 485-1017

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking

    Good to Know: This organization helps low-income persons with restraining orders, family law issues, and other civil legal matters related to your situation.

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

Public Benefits

  • Public Benefits Hotline


    Tel: 1-800-520-5292

    Area of Law: Public Benefits

    Good to Know: This is a free statewide legal hotline that can provide you with brief information and help regarding public benefits issues. The hotline operates during limited hours. Call to learn more.

Seniors

  • Senior Law Service

    376 East 11th Avenue
    Eugene
    , OR 97401

    Tel: (541) 485-1017 Ext 131

    Area of Law: Senior Legal Issues

    Good to Know: To qualify for legal services you must be 60 years of age or older. Call to learn more.

Law School Clinics

  • University of Oregon School of Law Legal Clinics

    1515 Agate Street
    Eugene
    , OR 97403

    Tel: (541) 346-3852

    Areas of Law: Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Environmental, Small Business, Small Claims Mediation, Probate Mediation

    Good to Know: The Law School runs several clinics in the Eugene area. Call to learn more. Law professors and law students provide free legal services to a limited number of clients. Call to learn more.