Chicago Legal Clinic

Who we are

Mission
Chicago Legal Clinic’s mission is to identify legal needs and provide community-based quality legal services and education to the underserved and disadvantaged in the Chicago area, thereby promoting justice through greater access to the legal system.
What We Do
Our attorneys provide free or low-cost legal consultations and high quality representation. In support of our mission, we also provide free educational seminars on legal topics. Through our efforts, hundreds of thousands of clients have received legal assistance in a wide range of areas, including: immigration, protection from domestic violence, adoption, foreclosure, divorce, child support, guardianships, consumer issues, relief from criminal records, and the quest for social security disability benefits.

Our 2018 (Fiscal Year)

Year In Review

10226
People Served
96
% Would Recommend Us
109
Volunteers On Our Team

Our Philosophy

We pride ourselves in our deep-rooted commitment to the well-being of Chicago’s disadvantaged communities. We serve these communities by providing legal assistance that is:

  • Compassionate. Throughout our rich history, Chicago Legal Clinic has remained committed to making the dream of justice a reality with the support of our dedicated volunteers, generous donors, and our community partners. The Clinic aspires to offer a caring atmosphere, thus affirming the dignity of every client seeking legal expertise and human compassion.
  • Comprehensive. Chicago Legal Clinic provides direct services to thousands of clients each year ranging from advice only to representation throughout a case for a broad range of legal issues. CLC is one of the only legal service providers in the country to have a full-time environmental law practice.
  • Accessible. Chicago Legal Clinic maintains four offices in order to be a part of the communities we serve. Most legal services are available in Spanish. Our sliding-scale fee-based services mean that many individuals who cannot access free legal services will find affordable assistance at CLC.

Our History

Chicago Legal Clinic is one of Chicago’s oldest and most respected legal services organizations. The Clinic was founded in 1981 as South Chicago Legal Clinic, a storefront office providing bilingual immigration, family law, and benefits entitlements assistance to members of the community impacted by the reduction in operation of the steel mills. Since that time, Chicago Legal Clinic has grown to having four offices—South Chicago, Downtown, Pilsen, and Austin—and several advice desks.

In February 2017, Adam Salzman became Chicago Legal Clinic’s second Executive Director, beginning a new chapter in CLC’s history. Providing outstanding legal services and bettering our clients’ families and communities remain CLC’s highest priorities.

What Our Clients Say

Anonymous
I thank GOD for you being there. Keep doing what you are doing.
Anonymous
My attorney was very nice and caring about the whole thing. She walked me through every step.
Anonymous
The entire process was expertly explained. I feel more confident about pursuing my next steps.
Anonymous
Today was helpful for me...I never had to do anything like this...All the information was helpful.

Our Leadership Team

Executive Director
Director of Operations
Deputy Director
Administrative Director
Financial and Grants Administrator