Statewide Legal Resources
Staff will interview you over the phone to determine the nature of your legal need. You can ask for an attorney who accepts sliding scale or reduced fee clients. There is no fee for calling the referral service. You will be given information for an attorney who practices in your area of need. A fee of not more than $30 may be charged for the first half-hour consultation with this attorney. The attorney will discuss with you any legal issues that you may have and additional fees if you retain them for additional work.
In the Judiciary, the ombudsman is a neutral staff person who answers questions, addresses concerns from the public and is responsible for enhancing customer service in the courts. Although the ombudsman is unable to provide legal advice, the ombudsman can help guide court users through the system with as much ease as possible. For instance if you need to schedule a telephonic hearing or need help figuring out how to request an adjournment.
Rutgers Law Associates is the law practice within the Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program, an innovative program of Rutgers Law School. The law firm is comprised of lawyers recently admitted to practice law, who are all deeply committed to serving the needs of moderate-income New Jerseyans who often cannot afford quality legal services at today’s market rates. Under the constant supervision of the managing attorney, a lawyer and legal educator with more than twenty-five years of experience, these dedicated attorneys provide legal assistance in a wide range of areas, and charge a reduced fee.
Contact Rutgers Law Associates in Camden at 856-225-6088
Contact Rutgers Law Associates in Newark at 973-353-2564
Northern New Jersey
Partners for Women and Justice empowers low income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice. We offer quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters and guidance to promote financial competence and independence
Nonprofit domestic violence organization which provides training and mentoring of pro bono attorneys who provide direct representation in final restraining order matters to victims of domestic violence. The organization also provides counseling and has an attorney on staff for additional representation of clients in domestic violence matters. This is a joint program with Partners for Women and Justice, Montclair, NJ.
VLJ was founded in 2001 by a group of attorneys in New Jersey concerned about the limited availability of free legal resources to the poor. VLJ is a comprehensive pro bono program meeting the needs of the poor solely through the efforts of volunteer attorneys throughout New Jersey. To date, VLJ volunteers have assisted thousands of indigent persons in the community with critical legal matters such as divorce, domestic violence, special education issues, bankruptcy, evictions and more.
Third-year law students represent indigent clients and client groups in a variety of civil cases, including housing, family, consumer law, probate, bankruptcy, unemployment compensation, Social Security, and other benefits law. (Newark)
Southern New Jersey
Program of the Catholic Diocese of Camden. Concentrates on immigration law, family law, general civil law, and protecting survivors of domestic violence. Does not handle divorce.
126 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor, Camden, NJ 08103
The Rutgers Law Domestic Violence Clinic provides representation to victims of domestic violence in a variety of matters including final restraining order hearings where both parties have filed for relief, final restraining order hearings involving novel issues of law, motions for reconsideration, contempt hearings, and appeals. This clinic is at our Camden location.
Legal assistance and representation is provided by law students acting under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The Clinic accepts a limited number of cases during the academic year (mid-August to April).
If you need legal services, call the clinic at (856) 225-6568
Central New Jersey
Partners for Women and Justice empowers low income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice. We offer quality legal assistance in domestic violence and family law matters and guidance to promote financial competence and independence (Middlesex County only in Central New Jersey)