What We Do

What We Do

CVLS is an organization of over 2,400 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually. Our services are free, accessible and real.

What makes us different?

CVLS recognizes that we are all stronger together so we have done our best to bring together all the resources of the great city of Chicago. We do this by utilizing our small staff to support and train a pool of thousands of volunteer attorneys from more than 990 firms, companies and organizations throughout the city. We support, organize and train these wonderful volunteers in order to make the biggest impact in the most cost effective way possible.

A Valuable Service

CVLS is unique in its ability to offer a wide range of totally free legal services to the poor and working poor of Chicago. CVLS is recognized as the most comprehensive, most efficient and most cost-effective civil legal aid provider in Chicago.


For over 50 years, CVLS has built a strong relationship with Chicago’s court system and judges. Judges in Probate, Chancery and Domestic Relations appoint CVLS to represent parties in complex litigation and to serve as guardian ad litem for children or disabled adults.

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We promise to give you the training and support that you need so that you can devote your time, talent and skill to helping your client. We will insure you, protect you and nurture you while you advise, represent and, when necessary, litigate for our clients.  Together, we guarantee equal access to justice. Visit our volunteer page to get involved!