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Librarians and staff at Jenkins Law Library are not able to give legal advice, select or fill out forms, write briefs or memorandum, or conduct any research for you. Because we are not lawyers, we cannot give you answers to your legal questions.

We recommend you contact a lawyer for representation or legal advice. The following links include lawyer directories, referral services, and organizations that may provide free or low-cost alternatives. These organizations are not affiliated with Jenkins, so please contact them directly with any questions.

Please see our catalog to search for more resources available at Jenkins. A librarian can also help you find lawyer directories in our collection.

Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services

Lawyer Referral and Information Service - Philadelphia Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association lawyer referral service. Contact through online form or call 215.238.6333 Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M.  Referrals are free, and a half-hour consultation with a lawyer costs $35.

LegalLine P.M. Philadelphia Bar Association
Free hotline for legal advice at 215.238.6333 on the third Wednesday of every month from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Pennsylvania Local Lawyer Referral Services Pennsylvania Bar Association
Phone numbers for lawyer referral services, by county. See also: Frequently Asked Questions for the Public, How a Lawyer Can Help You (PDF pamphlet), and Consumer Legal Information Pamphlets for FAQs on a variety of legal topics.

Lawyer Referral Directory American Bar Association
Phone numbers for lawyer referral services, by state and county. Includes Lawyer Referral Directory - Pennsylvania for PA services by county.

Public Interest Legal Organizations

Community Legal Services
Provides free legal services to Philadelphia's low-income residents.

County Assistance Offices Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services
Directory for all PA counties; includes addresses and phone/fax numbers.

Directory of Public Interest Legal Organizations Philadelphia Bar Association
A list of public interest law agencies that serve Philadelphia's neediest citizens. Also includes contact information for local law school clinics that may provide pro bono assistance.

ImmigrationLawHelp
"Helping low-income immigrants find legal help." Can search by state, county, or detention facility and further refine search by selecting type of legal assistance needed.

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP)
Provides free legal representation to low-income, eligible clients in a variety of civil matters in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties.

PALawHELP
Information and sample forms for civil issues from organizations such as PA Legal Aid, PA Bar Association, and Legal Services Corporation.

Pennsylvania Health Law Project
PHLP provides free legal services to lower-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Provides leadership, funding, and support to improve the availability and quality of civil legal aid and direct legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
Information on criminal expungements, free expungement clinics, and fair employment opportunities with regards to when and how criminal records are used. See "Events" page under "Get Help" tab for scheduled dates and locations of expungement clinics. Clinics are primarily held when law schools are in session.

Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Provides free legal services to Philadelphia's low-income residents.

Philadelphia VIP
Philadelphia VIP provides legal services for low-income residents and families facing civil legal problems that threaten their basic human needs – shelter, employment, financial stability, education and health. See the list in the Resource Toolbox for additional information.

Public Interest Law Center
Uses high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. They use litigation, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure their access to fundamental resources and services.

SeniorLAW Center
SeniorLAW Center’s mission is to improve the lives of older Pennsylvanians and protect their rights through legal representation, education and advocacy.