Chicago Legal Clinic

Blank Slate Records Program

Attorneys assess applicants’ eligibility for criminal records relief for free, notify the applicant, and in appropriate cases provide full representation on a sliding scale for pardon, sealing, expungement, and other relief. Through the Expungement and Sealing Live Call Project, the program provides in-court assistance to pro se individuals seeking to expunge or seal their criminal records.
The Blank Slate Records Program is generously supported by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust. Major supporters of Chicago Legal Clinic's programs and operations are further identified on our Supporters page.

Child Advocacy Program

Represent the interests of minor children in domestic relations and adoption cases. Appointed by the court and paid by the parties as required by the court.
Services in this program are by appointment by court order only.

Domestic Violence Program

Individuals seeking assistance with an Emergency Order of Protection (or Stalking/No Contact Order) are assigned to a DV panel attorney and receive a call back within 48 hours for a consultation. CLC attorneys sometimes assist with the Emergency OP, but more often connect the individual with other assistance for the emergency and then help with the follow up hearing.
If you have a domestic violence issue, please contact our intake specialists from 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday at 773-731-1762. If you have an emergency outside these hours, please contact the Illinois Domestic Violence 24-Hour Helpline at 1-(877)-863-6338.
Homeowner Assistance Program
Attorneys provide assistance to defendants in mortgage foreclosure cases, providing brief services in the form of consultation and advice and preparation of legal documents at the Foreclosure Advice Desk. Attorneys also provide full representation in select cases.
Visit Daley Center, CL-16 between 8:30AM and 2:30PM on weekdays (excluding court holidays). Visit our Get Legal Help page for more information on getting legal help from Chicago Legal Clinic.
The Homeowner Assistance Program is supported by the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois and the Albert Pick Jr. Fund. Major supporters of Chicago Legal Clinic's programs and operations are further identified on our Supporters page.
Markham Collections Advice Desk
Attorney(s) provide brief services in the form of consultation and advice, provision of educational materials and referrals, and assistance with basic forms for collections cases and small claims cases.
Visit the Markham Courthouse room 203I (203 letter "i") on the second floor, every Wednesday (excluding court holidays) from 9AM to 12PM (noon).

Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk

Attorneys provide brief services in the form of consultation and advice, assistance with legal documents, and occasionally extended representation in the areas of paternity and child support.
Visit Daley Center, CL-16, from 8:30AM to 12:15PM, Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays).
The Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation and the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation. Major supporters of Chicago Legal Clinic's programs and operations are further identified on our Supporters page.

Bridgeview Law Library Help Desk

Attorney provides brief services usually in the form of consultation and advice with occasional assistance with legal documents in the areas of collections, criminal records, family law, and evictions.
Visit the Bridgeview Courthouse Law Library the first and third Tuesday of each month (excluding court holidays) from 9AM to 12PM (noon).

Direct Services

Environmental Law Program

In partnership with IIT Chicago Kent College of Law and Northwestern University, the program addresses environmental problems impacting low-income communities in Illinois.
The Environmental Law Program is supported by the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, IIT Kent, and EarthShare. Major supporters of Chicago Legal Clinic's programs and operations are further identified on our Supporters page.

Immigration Program

Municipal Advice Desk Referral Program

Attorney takes cases referred by CARPLS Municipal Advice Desk for substantive representation in collections, evictions, and torts cases with meritorious defenses.
The Municipal Advice Desk Referral Program is supported by Cook County and the Chicago Bar Foundation. Major supporters of Chicago Legal Clinic's programs and operations are further identified on our Supporters page.

Pro Bono Program

Volunteer attorneys agree to accept pro bono cases in their areas of expertise in order to enhance Chicago Legal Clinic’s ability to assist individuals whose income is below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Expungement and Sealing Live Call Project

Attorneys provide brief services in the form of in-court advocacy on behalf of self-represented individuals petitioning for expungement or sealing of their criminal records and who are facing opposition from the Illinois State Police, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, or the Attorney General’s Office.
Legal help through this project is not pre-arranged. It is provided to individuals in-court on the date of their prescheduled hearing.
The Expungement and Sealing Live Call Project is generously sponsored by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust. Major supporters of Chicago Legal Clinic's programs and operations are further identified on our Supporters page.

Foreclosure Substantive Representation

Attorneys provided more extensive services in the area of mortgage foreclosure defense than are available at CAD. Services range from reviewing cases for substantive defenses to negotiating dignified exits to litigation.
The Foreclosure Substantive Representation program is supported by the Lawyers' Trust Fund of Illinois and the Albert Pick Jr. Foundation. Major supporters of Chicago Legal Clinic's programs and operations are further identified on our Supporters page.

Harold Washington College Clinic

Advice and consultation provided to students at Harold Washington College on a wide variety of legal issues.