Apply for help
Applying for legal assistance through LCA begins with the Application below. Please fill out this Application completely and accurately, so that we can promptly assist you. Note that we are generally unable to provide assistance to “walk-ins” to our offices. We require a written Application and then we will contact you to discuss the best way to proceed to satisfy your legal needs.
By submitting an Application for legal services, you are acknowledging that you and any additional members of your group or business have read our Client Policies and Referral Procedures, and that you understand and agree with the terms.
There is a non-refundable $50 processing fee for individual applicants. The fee is $100 for corporations and established entities or groups of two or more persons. These fees will be reduced for the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Once we have reviewed your Application, we will contact you to discuss your needs and payment of the applicable fee.
To learn more about our work and the types of legal matters we handle, please click on Legal Services. We offer pro bono legal help to financially eligible applicants with arts-related legal matters in all disciplines of the literary, performing and visual arts and in many, but not all, areas of law. We do not, for example, handle family law (i.e., divorce) or criminal law matters. You may be able to find assistance in those areas of the law through Illinois Legal Aid Online, the Chicago Bar Association and/or Illinois State Bar Association.
We are located in downtown Chicago and the majority of our volunteers are licensed in Illinois. If your legal needs do not involve parties or legal issues in Illinois, we recommend searching for counsel using our Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts List to find a VLA organization in your home state.