Legal Assistance Organizations

Various Texas organizations are committed to ensuring fair and equal access to the court system for all members of the public. The organizations highlighted here provide informational videos, free legal publications, self-help guides, legal information, and legal aid assistance to populations that may be at a disadvantage. If you would like more information, contact the library at (512) 463-1722 or at

Free Legal Services and Legal Aid

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program offers free legal assistance to folks in the Dallas area who meet their qualifications. They also host several legal advice clinics throughout the Dallas area on certain days of the month.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program

HVLP provides pro bono legal services to low-income residents of Harris County.

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

LANWT provides free civil legal services to low-income citizens in North Texas and the Panhandle area, including Dallas, Amarillo, Abilene, San Angelo, and Waxahachie.

Legal Hospice of Texas

Legal Hospice of Texas provides legal assistance to people with AIDS, HIV, or a terminal illness. They assist with legal problems related to estate planning, insurance, credit, housing, employment benefits/discrimination, public benefits, and family law.

Lone Star Legal Aid

Provides legal services (non-criminal) to low-income clients in the Houston and east Texas area. They serve 72 counties in east, southeast, and northeast Texas as well as 4 counties in southwest Arkansas. See their website for a description of the types of cases they handle.

Texas Advocacy Project

A statewide, nonprofit, legal organization dedicated to promoting access to justice for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

TRLA provides free civil legal services to the indigent residents of central, south and west Texas as well as migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Click here for a listing of the Texas counties TRLA serves. Legal Aid Directory

A listing of all the legal services providers in Texas. Service providers are listed by name as well as by service area. Also provides information about Legal Aid and has an online form for finding legal assistance.

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

This non-profit serves low-income residents in central Texas and helps to provide access to the civil legal system.

Advocacy Organizations

Texas Access to Justice Foundation & Texas Access to Justice Commission

Funding civil legal services for low-income Texans. These groups provide information about where to get assistance, but they do not provide legal assistance.

Texas Legal Services Center

A non-profit legal office that provides assistance to poverty law advocates. They sponsor and coordinate projects that help low-income and disadvantaged Texans who need legal help.

Other Legal Assistance

Catholic Charities of Central Texas

Catholic Charities of Central Texas provides affordable legal services to low-income immigrants. They offer legal consultations, representation, and other assistance. Their fees vary depending on a client's resources and the type of assistance they provide. See their website for details.

Catholic Charities of Dallas

Catholic Charities of Dallas provides immigration counseling and representation to immigrants. Initial consultations are provided at their office on a first-come, first-serve basis from Tuesday through Saturday (except the last Saturday of the month). See their website for details.

Justice for Our Neighbors

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is a private organization that “advocates for immigration laws that are just, humane, and righteous.” They also host legal clinics in certain areas of Texas where low-income immigrants can meet with staff members and attorneys to discuss immigration law issues. Apart from the national organization's website, you can also contact the Austin Region JFON, the Dallas-Fort Worth Region JFON, the Houston Region JFON, and the San Antonio Region JFON. Directory of Immigration Legal Aid Organizations

The site has a directory of immigration legal aid services across Texas. The directory provides a description of what kinds of services an organization offers as well as contact information. They also have a map view of the various organizations that provide immigration legal assistance.

The best resource for anyone with legal questions. hosts many free legal forms and informational packets as well as a LiveChat service that allows you to chat with an attorney during normal business hours.

Texas Bar

The Texas Bar is the state's principal bar association. If you are in need of legal assistance but cannot afford an attorney, the Texas Bar has compiled a list of resources for low-income Texans. For information specific to your county, you may want to look through the Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans [PDF].

El Paso County Public Defender - How Do I Find an Attorney?

Provides information about how to find an attorney for criminal, immigration, family law, eviction, and general civil cases (only applicable to El Paso County).

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