Free Legal Aid in Baltimore

Last updated: September 26, 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 Baltimore City and County residents. The main ways are through nonprofit legal aid programs such as the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland or various 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. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland

    3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 350
    Baltimore,
    MD 21211

    Tel: (443) 524-2558 | Fax: (410) 366-7838

    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 have walk-in appointments. They take a very limited number of cases based on alleged civil rights violations.  For consideration, call the Civil Complaint Line above or send a 1-2 page letter describing your legal issue via mail or fax only.

  • Jewish Legal Services

    5750 Park Heights Avenue
    Baltimore,
    MD 21215

    Tel: (410) 843-7305

    Areas of Law: General Civil Law Matters

    Good to Know: JLS is a walk-in legal clinic for low-income. Lawyers offer advice on a variety of civil legal issues including consumer/bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, family, and immigration questions.

  • Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland (Baltimore City)

    500 E. Lexington St.
    Baltimore ,
    MD 21202

    Tel: (410) 951-7777

    Baltimore County
    29 W. Susquehanna Ave. Suite 305,
    Towson, MD 21204
    (410) 427-1800


    Areas of Law: Most areas of general civil law.

    Good to Know: This is a nonprofit legal agency serving low-income, children, and elderly residents of Maryland. There is no fee for legal services if you qualify.

  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

    One North Charles Street, Suite 222
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201

    Tel: (410) 547-6537

    Areas of Law: Adult Guardianship, Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Collections, Consumer Disputes, Criminal Record Expungement, Deed Changes, Denial of Public Benefits, Divorce, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Living Wills, Name Changes, Power of Attorney, School Suspensions, Taxes, and Wills.

    Good to Know: MVLS provides free legal representation low-income residents in civil legal matters. Eligible clients are matched with a volunteer lawyer.

Artists/Intellectual Property Rights

  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

    1500 Union Ave., Suite 1330
    Baltimore,
    MD 21211

    Tel: (410) 752-1633

    Area of Law: Various civil matters, including contracts and negotiations, taxes and tax-exempt status, incorporation, copyrights and trademarks, small claims, and landlord/tenant.

    Good to Know: MDVLA provides free or reduced fee legal assistance to arts organizations and visual, performing and literary artists. Clients must meet certain income requirements to qualify for representation, and there is a small administrative fee.

Civil Rights

  • NAACP

    National Headquarters, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive
    Baltimore ,
    MD 21215

    Tel: (410) 580-5777

    Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, Police Misconduct, and more.

    Good to Know: Legal services are available to low-income African Americans and other minority groups.

Consumer Law

  • Debtor Assistance Project

    Garmatz Federal Courthouse, 101 West Lombard Street, Suite 8530
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201

    Tel: (410) 962-3813

    Area of Law: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure

    Good to Know: DAP is a legal clinic that provides debtors with an opportunity to meet, one-on-one, with a volunteer bankruptcy attorney for a free half-hour consultation. The DAP provides legal advice to individuals without an attorney by answering their questions about bankruptcy, including how bankruptcy may be used to help prevent foreclosure. The DAP Attorney’s cannot complete paperwork or represent you.

Disability Rights

  • Maryland Disability Law Center

    1500 Union Avenue; Suite 2000
    Baltimore,
    MD 21211

    Tel: (410) 727-6352

    Area of Law: Disability Rights

    Good to Know: This office provides free legal assistance to disabled persons regardless of income. 

Domestic Violence

  • Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project

    111 N. Calvert St, Room 100
    Baltimore,
    MD 21202

    Tel: (410) 396-3294

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Family Law including Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, U visas, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions.

    Good to Know: MEDOVI provides legal assistance to Maryland residents who are foreign born victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

  • House of Ruth

    2201 Argonne Drive
    Baltimore,
    MD 21218

    Tel: (410) 235-6370

    Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Protective Orders, Divorce, Child Custody and Support.

    Good to Know: This is a free legal aid clinic operated in the Baltimore City District Courthouse.

Employment Law

  • Employment Law Hotline (ELH)


    Baltimore,
    MD

    Tel: 1-877-422-9500

    Area of Law: Employment, Discrimination, Worker’s Rights, Sexual Harassment, and more.

    Good to Know: This is a statewide employment hotline. Volunteer attorneys answer questions via telephone only.

  • CASA de Maryland

    Legal Program, 8151 15th Avenue
    Hyattsville,
    MD 20783

    Tel: (301) 431-4185

    Area of Law: Employment, Worker’s Rights, Housing

    Good to Know: CASA provides legal help to Latinos and their families. They represent day laborers, domestic workers, and tenants in cases such as nonpayment of wages; minimum wage and overtime violations; unlawful wage deductions; discriminatory employment practices; retaliatory discharges; and involuntary servitude.

Housing

  • Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.


    Baltimore,
    MD

    Tel: (800) 487-6007

    Area of Law: Tenant/Landlord, Housing

    Good to Know: This is a free legal aid hotline for tenants and landlords counseling. Representatives cannot provide legal referrals.

Immigration Law

  • Catholic Charities Immigration Services

    430 S. Broadway
    Baltimore,
    MD 21231

    Tel: (410) 534-8015

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Removal Proceedings, Asylum, Family-based petitions, Trafficking, crime victim, and domestic violence-based immigration applications, visa processing and more.

    Good to Know: They may charge a nominal fee for most services. Domestic violence victims will not be charged a fee.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

  • Free State Legal Project

    241 W. Chase Street
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201

    Tel: 410-625-LGBT (5428)

    Area of Law: LGBT Rights, Discrimination, Wills and Trusts, Family Law, Name and Gender Changes

    Good to Know: This organization provides free and reduced fee legal services to low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who are experiencing legal problems stemming from their sexual orientation.

Senior Citizens

  • Legal Aid Bureau Senior Hotline

    500 E. Lexington St.
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201

    Tel: (800) 896-4213

    Areas of Law: Public Benefits, Long-term Care, Neglect, Home Ownership, Medicare, Utilities, Landlord-Tenant, Consumer

    Good to Know: The Senior Legal Helpline is a free telephone service for Maryland residents age 60 and over. They do not provide help with criminal law, personal injury, or traffic court cases.

Women's Law

  • Women’s Law Center

    305 West Chesapeake Ave, Suite 201
    Towson,
    MD 21204

    Tel: (410) 321-8761

    Area of Law: Civil, Domestic Violence, Employment, Family and Assistance with Legal Forms.

    Good to Know: The Women’s Law Center operates several clinics and legal hotlines throughout Baltimore City and County. Call for more information.

Law School Clinics

  • University of Baltimore Civil Advocacy Clinic

    40 West Chase Street
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201

    Tel: (410) 837-5709

    Area of Law: Housing and Tenant, Unemployment, Defense of Contract Claims, Juvenile, Guardianships, Public Benefits

    Good to Know: Law students represent low-income clients in a variety of civil matters before courts and administrative agencies. The clinic does not accept walk-ins. Call for intake information.

  • University of Baltimore Family Law Clinic

    40 West Chase Street
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201

    Tel: (410) 837-5706

    Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Family Law

    Good to Know: The clinic does not accept walk-ins. Call for intake information.

  • University of Maryland Immigration Clinic

    500 W. Baltimore Street
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201

    Tel: (410) 706-3295

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Domestic Violence

    Good to Know: The Clinic sponsors a free consultation program for individuals who are in removal (deportation) proceedings in the Baltimore Immigration Court. On Immigration attorneys provide free consultations on a first come, first served basis.

  • University of Maryland Law Clinic Program

    510 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore,
    MD 21201



    Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Family Law

    Good to Know: Law students under the supervision of attorneys represent low-income family law clients. Call for intake procedures.

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