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.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Texas

    Austin 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

    Tel: (512)374-2700

    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]


    Austin
    , TX

    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 Texas

    P.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.

  • LegalLine

    Lawyer 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.

AIDS/HIV

  • Capital Area AIDS Legal Project

    AIDS 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.

Domestic Violence

  • Safeplace

    PO 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 Project

    PO 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.

Disability Rights

  • Central Texas Regional Office

    2222 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.

Elder Law

  • 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. 

Immigration Law

  • American Gateways

    314 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.

Juveniles

  • Jane’s Due Process

    P.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.

Veterans

  • 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.

Workers' Rights

  • Equal Justice Center

    10 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