Legal Aid Chicago partners with volunteer attorneys and community organizations to offer free community-based legal clinics throughout Chicago. Learn more about our upcoming clinics when you read below.

***As of March 2020, all in-person clinics are closed until further notice due to COVid-19. Please Call or apply for services Online***

 

Walk-In Clinics •  Call 312-423-5938 for upcoming dates

Katten De Diego Legal Clinic – Wicker Park/Humboldt Park
A free walk-in legal clinic where you can speak with an attorney about any civil legal issue sponsored by Katten LLP.

Walk-ins only; no appointment necessary.
3rd Wednesday of the month, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, doors open at 4:00 pm.
Open during the school year; closed during summer.

Jose De Diego Academy
1313 North Claremont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

McCutcheon Legal Clinic – Uptown
A free walk-in legal clinic where you can speak with an attorney about any civil legal issue sponsored by Baker McKenzie LLP. Walk-ins only; no appointment necessary.

1st Wednesday of the month, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, doors open at 4:00 pm.
Open during the school year; summer dates vary.

McCutcheon Elementary School
4865 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640

North Lawndale Legal Clinic
A free walk-in legal clinic where you can speak with an attorney about any civil legal issue, sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP. Walk-ins only; no appointment necessary.

3rd Tuesday of the month, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, doors open at 4:00 pm.

UCAN
3605 West Filmore Street
Chicago, IL 60624

Woodlawn Legal Clinic – Woodlawn/Hyde Park
A free walk-in legal clinic where you can speak with an attorney about any civil legal issue, sponsored by DLA Piper LLP. Walk-ins only; no appointment necessary.

2nd Wednesday of the month, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, doors open at 3:00 pm.

AKArama Foundation Community Service Center
6220 South Ingleside Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Specialty Clinic

Veterans Legal Clinics
Free legal clinics for veterans, current service members, and military families whose income is at or below 80% Chicago Area-Median Income ($49,950 for a household of 1, $57,050 for a household of 2, etc.).

We offer legal assistance on public benefits, including VA benefits, discharge upgrades and character of discharge reviews, and VA debt. For other civil legal aid issues, we offer advice and referrals during the appointment and screen for extended representation by Legal Aid Chicago staff.

Due to COVID-19, the clinics are virtual. Clients will be contacted via phone or Zoom for the appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call 312-347-8340 or email VeteransRightsProjectVM@legalaidchicago.org. Please leave your name, phone number, and legal issue.

1st Thursday of the month, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612

3rd Thursday of the month, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the VA’s Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), 1141 South California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

A free legal clinic for low-income taxpayers whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level ($32,200 for a household of 1, $43,550 for a household of 2, etc.).

We provide free tax advice and representation to individuals and families in Cook County with active disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding your federal income taxes, including:

  • IRS audits, including audits based on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) & Child or Dependent Credit
  • IRS debt collection attempts, including federal tax liens
  • Employee/Independent Contractor Misclassifications and 1099 income reporting issues
  • Tax return preparer fraud
  • Innocent and injured spouse relief
  • Tax-related identity theft
  • Representation before the U.S Tax Court

To schedule an appointment, please call 312-341-1070 or apply online.

The Tax Clinic does not generally prepare tax returns or assist with Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) applications. If you need your current year’s tax returns prepared, you should contact a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site by searching at irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep.