Other Legal Resources


Lawyers Clearinghouse Legal Clinic: (Pro bono attorneys from large firms will represent indigent clients in most civil matters; clinics take place at homeless shelters but are not limited to homeless clients) Their calendar for upcoming homeless clinics.

Prisoners Legal Services:

    Prisoner Legal Services:  Promotes the safe, humane and lawful treatment of Massachusetts prisoners through civil rights litigation, administrative advocacy, client counseling, and outreach to policy makers and the public.  Their priority areas are Health Care (including Mental health care), Staff Assaults, Extreme Conditions of Confinement, and Segregation.

    Northeastern University Prisoners Rights Clinic :  Provides free legal assistance on a variety of serious criminal issues, including disciplinary charges, parole applications, parole revocation and more.

    Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP): Assists Massachusetts prisoners in disciplinary hearings regarding prison regulation violations, parole revocation or rescission and second degree life sentence hearings.  They do not handle either criminal or civil court cases

Veterans Legal Services:   

    Shelter Legal Services: Provides legal assistance for civil matters at homeless shelter. 

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: United State’s site for veteran benefits.  

    Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services: Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ site for veterans benefits and services.

    Mass Vets Advisor: online resource created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve veterans living in Massachusetts, and their families. Combining state and federal benefits, as well as non-profit resources into one tailored online search, with access to financial, education, and housing benefits.

College/University clinics:

    Harvard Legal Aid: Student run civil legal services for low income client in the Greater Boston Area. Areas of practice are housing law, including evictions from public and private apartments; family law, including divorce, child custody, paternity, visitation, and support issues; government benefits law, including appeals of the denial or termination of welfare, food stamps, unemployment, or social security disability benefits; and fair wage law, including nonpayment or underpayment of wages. 

    Harvard Legal Services: The legal services center of Harvard University. Provides clinics in Veterans Law, Consumer Protection, Housing Law, Family Law, Estate Planning, and Disability Law

    Boston College Civil Litigation Clinic:   Provides free civil legal assistance to low income residents of Waltham, Watertown and Newton

Massachusetts Legal Services (for civil matters such as housing/disability/employment):

     Volunteer Lawyers Project:  Provides pro bono civil legal services to eligible clients in the Greater Boston area.

    Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, Boston:  Operates a free legal hotline for low-income Massachusetts residents with legal problems. Provides quality legal information and advice, and makes referrals to legal and social service agencies.

    Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Cambridge: Provides free civil legal aid and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people.

    Mass Legal Services: Offers resources and information about legal issues facing lower income Massachusetts residents to legal services advocates and social services professional.

    Mass Legal Help: Provides information on various civil legal issues for non-professionals.

    Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation:  Funding source for civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts

    Greater Boston Legal Services:  provides free legal assistance and representation on civil (noncriminal) matters low income residents in the city of Boston and 31 surrounding cities and towns.

    Central and Western Mass Legal Services:   Provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts.

    South Coastal Counties Legal Services:   Provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of our communities. Our main offices and outreach locations serve clients in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties, and the towns of Avon and Stoughton.

     Disability Law Center: Provides legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.