Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

The Legal Aid Society of DC was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. Legal Aid staff and volunteers provide a continuum of services from client education to full representation before a court or an administrative tribunal. Preferences are given to the following cases: preserving affordable housing, preserving home ownership, ensuring a safe and decent place to live, securing access to health care, nutrition and public benefits, protecting families against domestic violence, promoting family stability through child support and custody arrangements and automobile ownership.

DC residents as well as non-residents with legal matters based in DC are eligible for legal aid. While legal aid is typically only available to people under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, the Legal Aid Society does have discretion to go above this level in some areas.

Due to COVID, legal aid is currently only available by phone or online for intakes. The Legal Aid Society does not have any general walk-in hours at this time.
(202) 727 - 2132     (Fax)

Appellate Advocacy

Established in 2004 with seed money from the DC Bar Foundation, which continues to provide generous support, Legal Aid’s Appellate Project has become a “model of excellence” that the National Legal Ai...
202-727-2132 (Fax); 202-628-1161 (Voice)
  • 1331 H St NW Washington DC 20005
  • 2041 Martin Luther King Ave SE Washington DC 20020
Service Category: Legal Advocacy & Legal Aid

Consumer Law

Our consumer law attorneys strive to help protect their clients’ limited income and assets, specializing in two key areas of practice: foreclosure prevention and consumer debt collection litigation. S...
202-727-2132 (Fax); 202-628-1161 (Voice)
  • 1331 H St NW Washington DC 20005
  • 2041 Martin Luther King Ave SE Washington DC 20020
Service Category: Legal Advocacy & Legal Aid

DV/Family Law

Our domestic violence/family law attorneys represent clients in a wide range of intrafamily matters in the D.C. Superior Court. We represent domestic violence survivors seeking to obtain civil protect...
202-727-2132 (Fax); 202-628-1161 (Voice)
  • 1328 Southern Avenue Washington DC 20032
  • 500 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington DC 20001
Service Category: Legal Advocacy & Legal Aid

Housing Law

Keeping families in safe, affordable housing is at the core of our housing law practice. Our housing law attorneys understand the importance of getting our clients effective and timely relief in matte...
202-727-2132 (Fax); 202-628-1161 (Voice)
  • 1331 H St NW Washington DC 20005
  • 2041 Martin Luther King Ave SE Washington DC 20020
Service Category: Legal Advocacy & Legal Aid

Public Benefits Law

Our public benefits attorneys help our clients obtain the safety net benefits they need to make ends meet – and to which they are legally entitled. We help hundreds of clients address legal issues wit...
202-727-2132 (Fax); 202-628-1161 (Voice)
  • 1331 H St NW Washington DC 20005
  • 2041 Martin Luther King Ave SE Washington DC 20020
Service Category: Legal Advocacy & Legal Aid
Legal Aid Society of DC - The “Big Chair”
2041 Martin Luther King Ave SE Washington DC 20020
Domestic Violence Intake Center (DVIC) – SE
1328 Southern Avenue Washington DC 20032
Domestic Violence Intake Center (DVIC) – NW
500 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington DC 20001
Legal Aid Society of DC - Main Office
1331 H St NW Washington DC 20005