If your problem isn’t arts-related, legal aid is available in our region.
These agencies provide either direct legal services or can help you find the assistance you need. Most serve low-income individuals and/or community-based nonprofits. We are providing this list as a courtesy.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri(314) 534-4200 (314) 534-4200
LSEM provides free legal assistance for low-income individuals/families with civil issues impacting housing, family law, public benefits, consumer fraud, healthcare, children’s well-being and domestic violence. LSEM’s services also address the specific needs of immigrant and refugee families, and veterans. In addition, LSEM provides legal assistance to qualifying nonprofit organizations and low-income entrepreneurs through its Community Economic Development Program: (314) 534-4200 ext. 1312.
American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri(314) 652-3111 (314) 652-3111
The ACLU works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties.
Arch City Defenders(314) 361-8834 (314) 361-8834
ACD assists clients with criminal legal matters, traffic cases, municipal ordinance violations, housing/landlord-tenant, wrongful conviction, imprisonment, conditions of confinement, and police brutality.
Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry(314) 977-3993 (314) 977-3993
CLAM offers representation for impoverished families who do not have the means to afford an attorney. CLAM handles mostly domestic issues, focusing its work on families in need. But CLAM also assists immigrants and veterans.
Great Rivers Environmental Law Center(314) 231-4181 (314) 231-4181
Great Rivers provides free and reduced-fee legal services to individuals, citizens’ groups and environmental organizations that seek to preserve and protect the environment and public health.
The Immigration Project(309) 829-8703 (309) 829-8703
The Immigration Project serves indigent and disadvantaged people in downstate Illinois with family reunification matters and other issues, such as discrimination in the workplace and landlord-tenant difficulties.
The Kaufman Fund Veterans Legal Referral Program(314) 753-8355 (314) 753-8355
The Kaufman Fund Legal Program assists local veterans.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation(618) 398-0574 (618) 398-0574
Serving central and southern Illinois, this agency provides free civil (non-criminal) legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens.
The Missouri Attorney General’s helpful site outlines the obligations of landlords and tenants.
Legal Advocates for Abused Women(314) 664-6699 (314) 664-6699
LAAW assists victims of domestic violence.
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council(314) 534-5800 (314) 534-5800
EHOC works to end illegal housing discrimination and ensure equal access to housing for all people through education, counseling, investigation and enforcement.
Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project(314) 669-4290 (314) 669-4290
MICA provides low-income immigrants with legal representation, social services and community development to help overcome the barriers that prevent full participation in American society.
Missouri Bar LawyerSearch
This database includes Missouri lawyers who have indicated that they are accepting new clients. You can search various areas of the law and by location.
Missouri Commission on Human Rights(573) 751-3325 (573) 751-3325
MCHR enforces the Missouri Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations due to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, handicap, age and familial status.
Missouri State Public Defender
The Missouri State Public Defender System provides advocacy for indigent people who are accused of crimes in Missouri.
Money Management Internationals(314) 421-1199 (314) 421-1199
This nonprofit organization provides counseling to consumers struggling with debt, budgeting, housing and student loan concerns.
New Covenant Legal Services(314) 726-6489 (314) 726-6489
NCLS, a faith-based nonprofit, provides legal services to individuals on fixed and limited incomes who cannot afford private legal counsel.
Pro Bono Patent Program
Saint Louis University has an agreement with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to help financially under-resourced inventors apply for patents. SLU’s program serves Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
St. Louis Bankruptcy Pro Se Assistance Program
The Pro Se Assistance Program (PSAP) is a free legal clinic designed to help individuals without an attorney answer legal questions about bankruptcy.
St. Louis Lawyer Search
This is a free online lawyer referral service provided by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
St. Louis University School of Law Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic(314) 977-2778 (314) 977-2778
This clinic provides transactional representation to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, community groups and small businesses.
Washington University School of Law Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic
The clinic provides advice to clients on a full spectrum of intellectual property, business formation, contracts and nonprofit legal issues.
Washington University School of Law First Amendment Clinic
The clinic provides legal assistance to organizations, students, journalists, and citizens defending and advancing First Amendment protection of freedom of speech, press and assembly.