Finding an Attorney

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
A Guide to Legal Services in Cook County - brochure

Bar Associations

American Bar Association
Consumer's Guide to Legal Help - Illinois
Chicago Bar Association
Finding the Right Lawyer
Your Guide to the Law - book
Illinois State Bar Association
IllinoisLawyerFind - online lawyer directory and telephone referral service

Self Help Resources

CARPLS (Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services)
As the front door for legal aid services in Cook County , the CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline helps thousands of low-income families find answers to everyday legal problems including housing, employment, education, consumer debt, divorce, guardianships, estates, injuries to person or property, public benefits, health care and more. Whatever the legal problem, CARPLS’ experienced attorneys can help clients better understand their rights and the remedies available to them under the law. Our attorneys do not represent clients in court. If in-court representation is required, the CARPLS attorneys will assist with a referral to an appropriate full-service legal aid agency if one is available. The Hotline service is free to low-income residents of Cook County . Clients who do not qualify for free services may be charged a $35 fee. The CARPLS’ Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM and on Wednesday evenings until 7:30 PM.  The Hotline number is (312) 738-9200.

Free Legal Assistance

Center for Disability and Elder Law
CDEL Coordinates the provision of quality legal services, pro bono, to low-income seniors and/or persons with disabilities in Cook County. CDEL focuses its legal services on systemic issues which have a disparate impact on our clientele, specifically, issues related to financial stability, housing, end of life planning, and financial exploitation and abuse. CDEL’s goal is to provide legal assistance in an effort to proactively avoid future, and potentially more serious, legal issues or to provide legal intervention as soon as possible after the problems have arisen.

Center for Disability and Elder Law
79 W. Monroe Street, Ste 919
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 376-1880
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
With more than 46 years of experience, CVLS is the first and pre-eminent pro bono civil legal aid provider in Chicago. Thanks to 3,000 volunteer attorneys and a per-case cost of only $101, CVLS provides the most comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective civil legal aid in Chicago.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
100 N LaSalle, Ste 900
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 332-1624
Cook County Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Service
19 S. LaSalle St., Ste 702
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 630-1157
  • The Asylum and Immigration Clinic represents individuals before the Immigration and Naturalization Service and Immigration Courts in asylum and other immigration cases, and provides technical assistance to community organizations.
  • The Community Development Clinic represents area community organizations in a wide variety of transactional issues, including municipal tax, corporate, and real estate law.
  • The Death Penalty Clinic researches and investigates death row convictions and offers representation in pending capital cases.
  • The Disability Rights Clinic focuses on the representation of individuals with disabilities seeking to ensure accessibility of places of public accommodation.
DePaul Legal Clinic
The DePaul Legal Clinic provides legal services to low-income persons and groups working in low-income communities in the Chicago area in the following areas:
DePaul Legal Clinic
25 East Jackson Blvd, Ste 1050
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 362-8294
IIT - Chicago Kent College of Law Legal Service Center
The Chicago-Kent Law Offices provides legal services for a fee in the following areas:
  • Criminal Defense Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination/Civil Rights Litigation
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Family Law
  • Health and Disability Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Tax Law
No client fees are charged in the following areas:
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Open Government/Government Watchdog Law (Center for Open Government)
IIT - Chicago Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams Street, Ste 600
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 906-5050
Legal Aid Foundation (LAF)
Free legal representation for people with limited income in many areas of civil law, including housing, consumer, family, juvenile expungement, employment and benefits.

120 S LaSalle St, Ste 900
Chicago, IL 60603-3425
(312) 341-1070
Loyola Community Law Center Clinic
The Community Law Center Clinic serves clients whose main source of income is public assistance or SSI as well as those classified as the "working poor," who are people struggling to meet their obligations even though they have jobs.

Cases handled by the clinic focus on family issues, landlord-tenant conflicts and benefit questions.

Loyola University Chicago - School of Law
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E Pearson St
Ste 1200
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915-7830
Metropolitan Family Services - Legal Aid
The mission of the Legal Aid Society is to protect and strengthen families by providing equal access to justice for our most vulnerable citizens, including those who are impoverished, the elderly and victims of domestic violence.

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
One North Dearborn, Ste 1000
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 986-4200 (if seeking legal services)
(312) 986-4215 (if seeking information about us or are already a client)