Free Legal Aid in Louisville
Last updated: September 27, 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 Jefferson county residents. Most services are provided by the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, a nonprofit agency providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through other legal aid organizations. 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.
Legal Aid Organizations
American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky315 Guthrie Street, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202-3820
Tel: (502) 581-1181
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. Fill out an intake form and mail it to the office.
416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202
Tel: (502) 584-1254
Areas of Law: Most civil matters except criminal or traffic.
Good to Know: This is a free legal service for low-income residents. You must fill out an intake form to see if you qualify. They also have several legal clinics in areas such as AIDS/HIV, senior citizen legal rights, foreclosures, divorce, small claims, expungement. Some clinics require a reservation. Call to learn more.
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance2220 West Market Street
Louisville, KY 40212
Tel: (502) 636 -9263
Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration, Naturalization.
Good to Know: Legal services are free or low-cost.
Tel: (502) 962-7799 or (502) 494-3264
Area of Law: Immigration, Hispanic and Latino Rights.
Good to Know: This organization operates a rotating legal clinic at different locations. Call to learn more.
Area of Law: Elder Law, Public Benefits.
Good to Know: This is a statewide legal help line or Kentuckians who are 60 and older.
Legal Aid Network Self Help Forms
Tel: (800) 292-1862
Area of Law: Criminal expungement, civil, family, juvenile, and probate.
Good to Know: This is a link to interactive self-help legal forms.
Law School Clinics
102 Natural Science Bldg
Louisville, KY 40292
Tel: (502) 852-6556
Areas of Law: Emergency Protective Order hearings, Divorce Actions, and Housing.
Good to Know: The Law School offers direct representation in a limited number of cases. Most cases are referred from the Legal Aid Society.