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Finding affordable legal help in New York can be confusing and overwhelming. If you live in one of the five boroughs of New York City and need help with brief legal services or the matters addressed by our core projects, you’re in the right place.

A free Legal Hotline staffed by attorneys who assist callers of limited income on a range of civil legal issues.

• Monday – Thursday 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m
• Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Closed 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily



The Vital Records Project provides free pro se assistance with issues related to birth and death certificates to low income New Yorkers in the five boroughs.

Civil Court Project, in collaboration with the Office of Court Administration’s Access to Justice Program, offers free online and phone consultations to pro se litigants.

An online application for assistance with a consumer issue, such as debt collection, frozen bank accounts, applying for bankruptcy, or other consumer-related issues.


Do you need to reach a specific project?
View all of the City Bar Justice Center’s projects here.

Can you pay some money for a lawyer?
Call the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service: 212.626.7373 (Español: 212.626.7374)

Are you unable to pay for a lawyer?
To find a free lawyer anywhere in New York State, visit

Not sure where to call first?

Call our Legal Hotline

• Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
• Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

You can also apply for help online:
Click here to apply
How to call a specific CBJC Project

Cancer Advocacy Project

Consumer Bankruptcy Project

Elderlaw Project

Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

Foreclosure Prevention Project

Immigrant Justice Project

LGBT Advocacy Project

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

Planning & Estates Law Project

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New York City Commission on Human Rights

For information on filing a discrimination complaint in housing, employment, and public accommodations, or to learn more about the services and workshops the NYC Commission on Human Rights provides, please call 311 or 718.722.3131, or visit their website.

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