Community Resources

Circuit Court of Cook County Legal Help Directory

For free or affordable legal assistance in Cook County, please click on this link which will take you to a very comprehensive Directory published by the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Directory is an excellent resource to obtain legal information and get responses to commonly asked legal questions.  In addition, the Directory has categorized legal organizations and providers by area of law which makes this an excellent resource for accessing legal assistance. 

CARPLS Legal Advice Hotline

CARPLS is Cook County’s legal aid hotline. It is staffed by lawyers who can give free legal advice by phone. If there is a legal aid or pro bono organization that might be able to offer more help, the CARPLS lawyers will tell you who else to call. You can learn more about the CARPLS Legal Advice Hotline and other options for getting legal help by visiting its website.  Home – CARPLS

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) is a web-based resource for information about legal rights and responsibilities. Individuals can search for articles and forms for all types of frequently encountered legal issues in over 25 areas of law.  This includes resources organized by practice area and a comprehensive collection of legal forms.  Online assistance is available and the website contains a list of legal aid providers.

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project

The Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) is a network of independent lawyers who are committed to making quality legal services accessible and affordable for regular people. Lawyers in the JEP offer fixed fees and flexible representation options to help accomplish this. Their practices seek to be client-centered and emphasize approachability and collaboration between the attorney and client.  For more information, click here or contact 312.546.3282.

Greater Chicago Legal Clinic

The Greater Chicago Legal Clinic (GCLC) provides access to justice for underserved communities in greater Chicago.  GCLC’s services fall into five general categories related to families, immigration, economic stability, housing stability, and environmental law. For more information, click here or contact its 24-hour Intake Hotline at 312.726.2938.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) supports and promotes the voluntary pro bono legal representation of the Chicago area’s poor and working poor.  For more information, click on this link

Chicago Bar Association

The Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service is a non-profit public service of The Chicago Bar Association. Trusted since 1874, it has been making referrals for over 75 years to screened, qualified attorneys. The Chicago Bar Association’s attorneys have an average of 20 years of experience and are thoroughly screened for relevant practice area experience and all carry malpractice insurance.

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association provides links to lawyer referral services, free legal assistance and legal information.

Other Lawyer Referral Services


CAIR-Chicago is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit Muslim civil rights organization registered independently in Illinois. CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. With a mission to defend civil rights, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance, its Civil Rights Department provides pro bono legal services to Muslims who have faced discrimination as a result of their race, religion or ethnicity. Visit CAIR-Chicago’s website to learn more. About CAIR-Chicago — CAIR-Chicago

Muslim Advocates

Muslim Advocates provides expert representation in the courts, the policy making process, and in the public dialogue so that American Muslims and all people can live free from discrimination.  Muslim Advocates litigates, educates, and advocates upholds this country’s promise of equal treatment under the law for all Americans.  About Us – Muslim Advocates

Muslim Legal Fund of America

Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons, and communities. For more information on MLFA, click here MLFA – MLFA