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Free and Low-Cost Legal Resources in Utah

BYU Community Legal Clinic

  • Wilkinson Center Room 2400 at BYU, Provo, Utah
  • communitylegalclinic@law.byu.edu
  • COVID-Update: The clinic may be held remotely using a Zoom link. Email communitylegalclinic@law.byu.edu to set up an appointment. 
  • The BYU Community Legal Clinic is run by law professors and law students at BYU Law School. It is held from 5:00pm–7:00pm on Thursdays. It is anticipated that the Clinic will continue to be held on Thursdays at that time even in the summer. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is recommended that individuals email and make an appointment. The Clinic mainly helps with immigration issues, but is willing to hear about any legal issue and may refer people to other organizations or attorneys if the Clinic cannot help. Family law matters will always be referred to Timpanogos Legal Center. The Clinic will only help those who are considered to have low or modest means. The Clinic is closed on holidays and during BYU Law School student breaks, especially the month of December. It is generally open during the summer. Contact communitylegalclinic@law.byu.edu or check the Facebook page "BYU Community Legal Clinic" for inquiries regarding a specific date, especially to confirm the location of the clinic.

Help Me Find a Utah Lawyer (by the Utah State Bar)

  • The "Help Me Find a Lawyer" link walks you through a series of questions to locate potential attorneys in Utah who practice the area of law in which you need assistance. These attorneys, however, will likely require some sort of payment. This link will be more helpful for those persons who need an attorney to represent them and have not found an attorney to do it for free. There is an option to search for attorneys who offer reduced rates if you qualify - click on “Qualify for Reduced Rates?” at the top of the page and input your household and income information to determine whether you qualify. 

Virtual Legal Clinic

  • https://www.utahlegalhelp.org/vlc
  • 801-297-7049
  • The Virtual Legal Clinic is a free, over-the-phone legal service sponsored by the Utah State Bar. This clinic replaced the Tuesday Night Bar in Salt Lake City, which is no longer operating. Through VLC, you can connect with a volunteer lawyer by phone or email for up to 30 minutes about your legal issue. It is important to note that the volunteer lawyer only offers legal information and brief advice and will not provide ongoing representation.

Immigration Law Legal Clinic

  • 801-581-5418 (number for S.J. Quinney Pro Bono Initiative)
  • Email: probono@law.utah.edu
  • This is a free legal program sponsored by the Pro Bono Initiative at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. This program covers questions related to humanitarian and family-based immigration, such as citizenship, status, deportation, and visas. At this time we are unable to help clients who are looking for information on employment or education-based visas.  Consultations last approximately 30-minutes. Clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. You must arrive between 5:30 - 7:00 PM in order to be considered for an appointment. This program takes place in the computer lab at SLCC West Valley Center, located at 3460 S 5600 W, West Valley City. If you are unable to attend in person and need an online appointment, please email probono@law.utah.edu. See the calendar at the link above for what dates this will occur.

Legal Clinics, Agencies, and Organizations

  • https://www.utcourts.gov/en/legal-help/legal-help/finding-legal-help/legal-clinics.html
  • This website is compiled and maintained by the Utah State Courts to give a list of legal clinics in the following areas: Brigham City, Farmington, Logan, Ogden, Park City, Provo, St. George, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah County, Wasatch County, West Jordan, and statewide. The website also has a list of agencies and organizations that offer free or low-cost legal services.

Utah State Bar

  • This website is the main website for the Utah State Bar, which is the organization that governs the attorneys in Utah. There is a "Public Services" section on the main page (under the “For the Public” tab on the top of the page) that may have resources or answers to your questions.

Utah State Courts

  • This website is the main website for the Utah state courts. It also has a "Self Help" section that you can access from the home page that may give you resources or answers to questions that you may have.

Attorney Websites

  • Attorneys sometimes provide free consultations and/or free legal representation according to their schedules and commitments. As a last resort, you could try contacting local attorneys directly through the information on their websites to see if they would be willing to take on a "pro bono" client (meaning, a client that the attorney does not charge). Also, some attorneys have contracts, called contingency fee contracts, that essentially state that the client owes the attorney nothing unless the client wins his/her case. If the client wins, then the attorney takes a portion of the amount awarded. These types of contracts are almost exclusively only available in personal injury or defective product cases.

Utah State Bar Modest Means Referral Program

  • 801-297-7049 (Generally, someone is available from 8:00am–5:00pm to answer any questions over the phone about how the program works.)
  • probono@utahbar.org
  • As part of the Bar’s Affordable Attorneys for All initiative, the Modest Means Lawyer Referral program helps Utahns with modest earnings find a lawyer offering discounted rates to match their incomes. The Utah State Bar's Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program provides access to legal representation for people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer's standard rate. In order to qualify you must fall below the income guidelines. If you qualify, you will be referred to a lawyer who charges up to $50 or $75 an hour, or a corresponding flat fee. Hourly or flat-fee services often require advance payment (a retainer).  The application is separated into two parts: 1st to see if you qualify and 2nd for questions about you and your situation (there is a $25 non-refundable administrative fee. Payment for this online purchase must be made using VISA or MASTERCARD.).

Utah Self-Help Center (SHC) (Lawyer of the Day)

  • 888-683-0009 (Note: The phone line is very busy.)
  • selfhelp@utcourts.gov
  • Text: 801-SHC-1TXT (801-742-1898)
  • The SHC provides free legal help to people who do not have a lawyer by providing information to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and to help you resolve your legal problems on your own if you cannot afford an attorney. The SHC cannot give you legal advice or represent you in court. The SHC attorney is not your lawyer. The SHC staff attorneys can: provide court forms and instructions and help you complete the forms; provide information about your case; provide information about mediation services, legal advice, and representation through pro bono and low cost legal services, legal aid programs, and lawyer referral services; and provide information about resources provided by law libraries. If you have legal questions, the SHC can transfer you to an on-call lawyer, a "lawyer of the day," who will provide a free 15–20-minute consultation and answer any legal questions you may have within that lawyer's expertise. Open Hours: Monday through Friday from 11:00am–5:00pm. You can contact the SHC by phone (Note: The phone line is very busy.), email, or text.

Legal Night (Brigham City) (formerly Tuesday Night Bar)

  • New Hope Crisis Center, 435 E. 700 S., Brigham City
  • 435-723-5600
  • This event is held on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the New Hope Crisis Center. It is advisable to call beforehand to set up an appointment. Spanish-speakers are available.

Tuesday Night Bar (Park City)

  • Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar, Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., Park City
  • 435-615-5600 (phone number for the Park City Library)
  • This event is held on the first Tuesday of every month starting at 6:00pm at the Park City Library. It is first-come, first-serve, and therefore it is advised that any participants arrive before 6:00pm in order to be put on the waiting list to meet with an attorney. Participants should come to the library and give their name to the librarian in order to be seen at the clinic.

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