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Legal Clinics By Topic

Bankruptcy Advice
Conciliation Court (Small Claims Court) Clinics
Consumer Legal Advice Clinics
Criminal Expungement Assistance
Divorce Education
Family Law Clinics
General Legal Advice Clinics
Housing Law Clinics
Immigration Law Clinics
Real Estate Law Clinics
Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse Clinics
Spanish Language Legal Advice Clinics
Unemployment Appeal Clinics
Veterans Assistance Clinics
Youth Law Clinics

Hennepin and Ramsey County Clinics

 

Bankruptcy Advice

VLN Minneapolis Bankruptcy Advice Walk-In Clinic
Frequency: The first, third and fifth Thursdays of every month, 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Location: 7th Floor of the U.S. Federal Courthouse
300 S. 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Details: First-come, first-served walk-in bankruptcy advice offered in 15-minute sessions with an attorney or by phone Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm. For a list of free walk-in clinics, click here.
Contact: 612-752-6677

VLN St. Paul Bankruptcy Advice Walk-In Clinic
Frequency: The second and fourth Thursdays of every month, 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Location: 2nd Floor of Warren E. Burger Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
316 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Details: First-come, first-served walk-in bankruptcy advice offered in 15-minute sessions with an attorney.
Contact: 612-752-6677

University of Minnesota Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic
Frequency: Contact 612-625-5515 for further information.
Location: University of Minnesota Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic
229 19th Avenue South, #285
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Details: Students at the University of Minnesota Law School provide pro bono services to individuals in serious financial difficulty contemplating filing for bankruptcy or who are otherwise involved in a bankruptcy case.  Students also represent debtors seeking a hardship discharge of student loans, debtor-defendants in adversary proceedings, and sometimes individual creditors.
Contact: 612-625-5515

 

Conciliation Court (Small Claims Court) Clinics

Volunteer Lawyers Network Conciliation Court Legal Advice Clinic
Frequency: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis City Hall
350 South Fifth Street, Room 312
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Details: Free legal consults available for low-income individuals on any legal topic (generally, for claims up to $15,000). You must be screened for income eligibility to use the clinic. Find more details here.
Contact: 612-752-6666

Ramsey County Housing and Conciliation Court Self-Help Center Clinic
Frequency: Tuesdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Ramsey County Law Library
15 Kellogg Blvd. W., 18th Floor
St. Paul, MN 55102
Details: Free legal consultations provided by volunteer attorneys on first-come, first-served basis. Sign up for consultations starts at 12:00 p.m. Find more details here.
Contact: 651-266-8391

 

Consumer Legal Advice Clinics

VLN Hennepin County Consumer-Debt Collection Lawsuit Defense
Frequency: Clinic times vary.
Location: Call 612-752-6677 for details.
Details: Appointments required, and clients must provide relevant paperwork in advance.  Attorneys help clients with completing court paperwork, including Answers, Garnishment Exemption Forms, and Motions to Vacate Default Judgments. Sessions are between 60 and 90 minutes long.  Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Vietnamese interpreters available. For a list of free walk-in clinics, click here.
Contact: Call 612-752-6677 to be screened for an appointment

Legal Access Point (LAP) Clinic
Frequency:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 3p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
Location: Skyway level of Hennepin County Government Center
300 6th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Details: No income restrictions:  Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & Mondays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
All other times are reserved for people whose income level is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Sponsored by Volunteer Lawyers Network and the HCBA Lawyer Referral and Information Service. More information about this clinic is available at the District Court Self Help Center counter or can be found here.
Contact: Call 612-752-6677

VLN Dignity Center Clinic
Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Appointments required.
Location: Dignity Center at Hennepin Church
511 Groveland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Details: Free legal clinic covering various legal issues.  Call 612-435-1315 to make an appointment. Find more information here.

Criminal Expungement Assistance

Council on Crime and Justice and Volunteer Lawyer’s Network Criminal Expungement Assistance
Frequency: First Tuesday of the month, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave N.,
Minneapolis 55411.
Details: Must be at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for full representation; 300% for limited services. Must have completed probation or parole:

  • 10 years for violent felonies
  • 7 years for violent gross misdemeanors
  • 5 years for nonviolent felonies, violent misdemeanors
  • 1 year for nonviolent misdemeanors

In addition, must:

  • Not have any outstanding court fines or restitution
  • Not be required to register as a predatory offender
  • Not be seeking expungement of a traffic record, record in other states, or federal cases

Contact: For a recording of the information required for the clinic please call (612) 353-3024.  Find more information here.

Divorce Education

Cornerstone Informational Sessions
Frequency: New sessions each Fall.
Location: Cornerstone
1000 East 80th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420
Details: Sessions are free of charge and offered quarterly at different locations. No preregistration needed. Guests can feel free to come to one, two, three or all four sessions. Call to register for childcare.
Contact: 952-884-0376

Scott County Divorce Clinic
Frequency: Every Fourth Saturday
Location: Scott County Justice Center
Details: Volunteer attorneys will be available to assist self-represented litigants completing divorce paperwork using the MN Self-Help Center I-CAN online program. This is a free program available to anyone who falls below 300% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines. (For a family of 4 that would be less than $71,550 annually). Pre-registration is required. Find more information here.
Contact:
Phone: 952-496-8713; Email: lawlib@co.scott.mn.us

Tubman Divorce Information Sessions
Frequency: Twice every month.
Location: Once at Tubman’s Chrysalis Center in South Mpls., once at Tubman Center East in Maplewood.
Details: Family law attorneys will present you with the tools you need to make informed decisions throughout the divorce process. The group presentation includes topics such as: legal process of divorce, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, domestic abuse, dividing property and debts, spousal maintenance (alimony), child custody, parenting time, child support, when and how to get legal advice or representation. $15.00 prepay or $20.00 at the door.  Free for low-income individuals. Find more information here.
Contact: 612-870-2400

Family Law Clinics

Tubman Family Law Legal Advice Clinic
Frequency: Five days a week; Mon-Thurs 6-8pm & Friday 9:30-11:30am.
Location: The locations vary (Call for scheduling and locations)
Details: Volunteer family law attorneys provide legal advice regarding a variety of family law issues. Court document review and explanations of legal rights are also offered. Pre-registration is required. More information can be found on their website: http://tubman.org/home/services/legal-services/legal-clinics/.
Contact: Call 612-870-2426 for a current schedule and to register.

Tubman Self-Represented Family Law Clinic
Frequency: Several times a week, by appointment only.
Location: Evening appointments are available in St. Paul, Bloomington, St. Louis Park, Maplewood and Minneapolis. Morning appointments are available at the Minneapolis site only. Call for directions to Law Clinic locations.
Details: Not a walk-in clinic, must call beforehand.  Offers 30 minutes with an attorney to discuss family law, child protection, GLBT issues, etc.  The appointment is $20 ($15 if prepaid), with a fee waiver available for individuals that have a monthly income less than $564.  Find more information here.
Contact: 612-870-2400

Legal Assistance of Dakota County–Spanish Speaking Family Law Clinic
Frequency: The third Wednesday of every month, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wentworth Library
199 East Wentworth Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Details: Clients must call beforehand.  Clients can meet with an attorney to discuss family law matters such as custody, divorce, and child support.  This clinic is free to use, has no income requirements, and clients do not have to be residents of Dakota County in order to use the clinic’s services.  Interpreter access is limited for appointment scheduling, but a Spanish interpreter will be provided for the Clinic. Find more information http://www.givetolive.ca/canadian-generic-pharmacy/ (Find the Spanish version here).
Contact: 952-431-3200

Ramsey County Family Court Self-Help Service Center
Frequency: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment, 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Clinic available to Ramsey County residents and individuals with a case proceeding in Ramsey County Family Court.
Location: Ramsey County Family Court Self-Help Service Center
Juvenile and Family Justice Center
25 West 7th Street
St. Paul MN 55102
Details: During 30 minute appointments volunteer attorneys provide advice on divorce, child custody, child support, visitation/parenting time, and paternity issues. Find more information here.
Contact: Call 651-266-5125 to make an appointment or to inquire about walk-in procedures

Family Law Clinic
Frequency: Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tuesdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fridays 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Fourth Judicial Court
110 South Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Details: Walk-in clinic provides assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.  Volunteer attorneys provide legal advice on all family court issues.  Sign-up sheet is put up at 8 a.m. each day.  Please bring all relevant documents. Find more information here.
Contact: 612-752-6677

Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid
Frequency: Dates and location vary (see below)
Location: Every Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at New Hope Center, 2739 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis
Every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at First Covenant Church, 810 South 7th Street, Minneapolis (no need to call in advance).  The clinic will close once no one is waiting, so it’s a good idea to get there when the clinic opens at 1:00
Last Monday of each month from 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 300 East 4th Street, Chaska (call 952-448 2433 in advance for an appointment)
Every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Union Gospel Mission, 435 University Avenue East, St. Paul (call 651-292 1721 in advance for an appointment)
Details: Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid operates at four different locations utilizing volunteer attorneys. The attorneys provide brief legal advice on general legal matters, including family law (divorce, custody, child support) cases. In certain situations, the client will be referred to a volunteer attorney who will provide full case representation. Eligibility for services is at 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. There are no religious affiliations required for service. Find more information cheapest viagra for sale uk.
Contact: New Hope Center location, 612-721-9415 St. John’s location, 952-448-2433 Union Gospel Mission location, 651-292-1721

Volunteer Lawyers Network – Family Law Phone Advice (Hennepin County residents)
Frequency: Phone advice for 20 minute increments is by appointment only.  Attorneys will return calls on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 12 – 2 p.m., but the day and time may vary. No evening or weekend appointments.
Location:  Telephone legal advice only.
Details: Applicant’s household income must be below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and must reside or have a case in the 7-county metro area.   Financially eligible clients may speak over the phone with an experienced family law attorney for a 20 minute legal consultation.
Contact:  Applicants must call the VLN client intake line at 612-752-6677. Intake hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

General Legal Advice Clinics

Legal Access Point (LAP) Clinic
Frequency:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 3p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
Location: Skyway level of Hennepin County Government Center
300 6th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Details: No income restrictions:  Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & Mondays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
All other times are reserved for people whose income level is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Sponsored by Volunteer Lawyers Network and the HCBA Lawyer Referral and Information Service. More information about this clinic is available at the District Court Self Help Center counter or can be found here.

Self-Help Center Brookdale Courthouse
Frequency: Mondays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Brookdale Courthouse
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Details: Free legal consults are available on a variety of topics. Find more information here.
Contact: Call 612-752-6666 to confirm that an attorney is scheduled.

Dignity Center VLN Brief Legal Advice Clinic
Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., by appointment only.  Clients are expected to enter into a mentoring relationship with a Dignity Center Advocate to work simultaneously on legal and other self-sufficiency issues, such as housing, employment, and chemical and mental health.
Location: Dignity Center
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403-3223
Details: Issues include criminal record expungement, family, creditor/debtor, consumer, housing, employment, tax and government benefits.  Attorneys can provide brief services, such as: writing a letter, making a phone call, obtaining specific information from a third party, drafting pleadings or a portion of pleadings, assisting in service of process, and providing written information regarding your legal issue and the next steps to take.  Bring any documents that directly deal with the legal problem.  Find more information buy generic viagra nz and buy viagra online safe.
Contact: 612-435-1315

Brian Coyle Community Center Legal Clinic
Frequency: Every other Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Call (612) 338-5282 to confirm that the clinic is open on a specific day.
Location: Brian Coyle Community Center
420 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Details: Walk-in clinic assists clients on a first-come, first-served basis, on a variety of civil issues.  Access flyer here.
Contact: 612-338-5282

VLN Minneapolis Park Avenue Walk-In Clinic (Specifically Employment and Immigration Issues)
Frequency: Thursdays (except holidays), 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Park Avenue Methodist Church
3400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Details: Walk-in clinic assists clients on a first-come, first-served basis on a variety of civil issues. To qualify for services at the clinic, you must be a low-income resident of Hennepin County who does not have an attorney. Interpreters available in Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, and Igbo.
Contact: 612-825-6863

Lyndale Neighborhood Clinic (In Partnership with Cooper & Reid, LLC)
Upcoming Dates: Every third Wednesday of the month, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lyndale Neighborhood Community Center
3537 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Details: Attorneys provide general legal advice to Lyndale neighborhood residents in 20 minute increments. There is no charge for this service. Access more details here.
Contact: Call 612-824-9402

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