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Legal Aid secures justice, equity, and access to opportunity for and with people who have low incomes through passionate legal representation and advocacy for systemic change.

Need help? Follow the steps below.

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Learn more about How Legal Aid Works.

Apply OnlineApply Online

You can apply for help securely online 24/7.

The online application takes about 10 minutes to complete. It is available in English and Spanish.

After you submit the online application, you will be able to schedule a time to receive a callback from Legal Aid to complete the intake process. If you do not schedule a time, you will receive a phone call from Legal Aid within 2 business days.

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Attend a Brief Advice ClinicAttend a Brief Advice Clinic

Have a quick question and want to chat in-person with someone? Legal Aid hosts clinics at community centers and libraries throughout Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties. At these clinics, staff and volunteers are available for in-person consultations so you can get brief advice and counsel.

Apply By PhoneApply By Phone

Call and apply for help on weekdays:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

If you have a communication limitation: contact Legal Aid through the Ohio Relay Service. Dial 711 from any phone in Ohio.

Phone Numbers by Language:

English 216-687-1900
English (toll-free) 888-817-3777
Spanish 216-586-3190
Arabic 216-586-3191
Mandarin 216-586-3192
French 216-586-3193
Vietnamese 216-586-3194
Russian 216-586-3195
Swahili 216-586-3196
Other 888-817-3777

Apply In-PersonApply In-Person

Applicants seeking help can visit the Cleveland office weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Applicants seeking help can visit the Elyria and Jefferson offices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All Legal Aid offices are closed on federal holidays.

Walk-in applicants are offered several options to complete an intake to ensure access to services.


1223 West Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

General Business: 216-861-5500

Toll Free888-817-3777


Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

This location may require you to park in a lot that has additional fees. Click here to learn about parking options.


150 West River Road North, Suite 301
Elyria, OH 44035

General Business: 440-324-1121

Toll Free: 888-817-3777

Business Hours: Weekdays by Appointment Only


121 East Walnut Street
Jefferson, OH 44047

General Business: 440-576-8120

Toll Free: 888-817-3777

Business Hours: Weekdays by Appointment Only

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