For the Public

I am an individual seeking legal assistance. Can the Pro Bono Program provide a student volunteer or attorney to assist me?

No. The University of Wisconsin Law School’s Pro Bono Program does not provide legal services to members of the general public. Law students may not offer legal advice unless they are working under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney, and the Pro Bono Program does not have supervising attorneys on staff. 

However, we have created a list of commonly used legal resources and what types of assistance they offer. Many of these resources offer free or reduced-fee services.

You can access this list here

Or the following websites might be of help:

Center for Patient Partnership

The Center for Patient Partnership is an educational advocacy center. Student advocates provide free advocacy services to anyone with a serious or life-threatening illness, regardless of income or residence. Students are supervised by interdisciplinary faculty and staff.

Dane County Courthouse Free Legal Clinics
In cooperation with the Dane County Bar Association and the UW Law School, the Dane County Circuit Court offers these legal assistance programs for the public at the Courthouse:

  • Family Law Assistance Center
  • Family Court Assistance Project (FCAP)
  • Small Claims Assistance Program
  • Restraining Order Clinic

Economic Justice Institute
EJI programs are dedicated to serving low-income and other under-represented clients in matters designed to enhance access to justice and economic security. EJI is home to the law school's civil, anti-poverty clinical programs:

  • Consumer Law Clinic
  • Consumer Mediation Clinic
  • Family Court Clinic
  • Neighborhood Law Clinic
  • Immigrant Justice Clinic

Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic
The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic provides free legal services to help entrepreneurs and small business owners realize their potential. The clinic undertakes research on legal issues facing startup businesses and provides services to fledgling businesses. 

State Bar of Wisconsin
As a public service, the State Bar works with a number of organizations, volunteer attorneys, and government agencies to provide information about lower cost legal options and resources for Wisconsin residents. Most programs have an application process and eligibility requirements that must be met.

Veterans Law Center
The Veterans Law Center (VLC) is a free walk-in legal clinic to serve low-income veterans and their families. Brief legal advice, information and referrals on a variety of civil legal matters are provided by volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students. Additionally, staff from the Dane County Veterans Service Office provides information about military benefits and other resources available to veterans.

Wisconsin State Law Library
The Wisconsin State Law Library's collection, consisting of approximately 140,000 volumes in print, microfilm, microfiche, audio, video and CD-ROM formats, contains primary law for all federal and state jurisdictions as well as practice materials for all major areas of law.

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