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Free and Low-Cost Legal Resources in Utah

BYU Community Legal Clinic

  • Deseret Industries, Employment Resource Center, 702 W. Columbia Lane, Provo, Utah
  • communitylegalclinic@law.byu.edu
  • 801-297-7049
  • 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 call and make an appointment. The number listed above is for the Utah Bar, an organization that manages the BYU Community Legal Clinic appointments. Generally, you may call the number anytime during normal business hours (9:00am–5:00pm) to talk to a Utah Bar staff member to schedule an appointment with the Clinic. 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. Contact communitylegalclinic@law.byu.edu or check the Facebook page "BYU Community Legal Clinic" for inquiries regarding a specific date.

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.  

Tuesday Night Bar (Salt Lake City)

  • Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar, 645 S. 200 E., Salt Lake City
  • 801-297-7037
  • This program occurs Tuesday nights from 5:30pm–7:00pm, except holidays. Appointments are required and may only be scheduled after 1:00pm eight days before the Tuesday you wish to attend. (For example, if you wanted to attend on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, then you would call after 1:00pm on Monday, November 7, 2016.) The appointments fill up extremely quickly, so call the number as close to 1:00pm as you can. The appointments are for 30-minute sessions where you can ask volunteer attorneys legal questions. However, the attorneys will not represent you in court proceedings. 

Community Legal Clinic: Salt Lake (formerly the Immigration Clinic)

  • LDS Employment Center, 780 W. 800 S., Salt Lake City
  • Sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, this clinic is held on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 5:00pm–6:30pm. No appointment is necessary. The clinic answers questions related to immigration, family law, and general legal issues. Legal volunteers at the clinic provide advice; however they do not provide legal representation. (The volunteer attorneys will not file anything with the court for you or appear in court on your behalf.) Interviews last anywhere from 30–60 minutes depending on the issue. The clinic targets low-income individuals, but there is no income requirement. 

Legal Clinics, Agencies, and Organizations

  • 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 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.)
  • This program helps people in Utah with modest earnings find a lawyer offering discounted rates to match their incomes. To qualify, your income must be between 125%–300% of the federal poverty line (which is listed at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines). Persons who qualify will be referred to a lawyer who charges up to $75 an hour or a corresponding flat fee. Hourly or flat-fee services often require advance payment (a retainer). Areas of legal help are limited to the following issues: adoption and guardianship (including minors and protected persons who are adults), appeals, bankruptcy, consumer law, criminal law, criminal law (in juvenile court), expungements, family law (divorce, protective order, etc.), foreclosures, landlord-tenant, mechanics lien, real property, small claims, traffic violations, wills, trusts, estates, or probate. To see if you qualify, go to the website and complete the interactive intake application. Once you have completed the web form, the website will immediately notify you as to whether or not you qualify for the program. If you qualify, you will be directed to a webpage that prompts you to provide credit card information. This information is needed in order to provide a $25 non-refundable deposit to cover the first 30 minutes of your case consultation with an attorney. After you have submitted your information and paid your deposit, the Modest Means Program will email you two referrals to attorneys in your area who may be able to help with your case. If for some reason neither referral works out (for example, you do not like them, or they are unable to take your case for whatever reason), you can reply to the email from Modest Means Program, and they will send you additional referrals. 

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
  • 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 Thursday from 11:00am–5:00pm. You can contact the SHC by phone (Note: The phone line is very busy.), email, or text.

Tuesday Night Bar (Brigham City)

  • New Hope Crisis Center, 435 E. 700 S., Brigham City
  • 435-723-5600
  • This event is held on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Park City Library. It is first-come, first served. Call to check for scheduling changes. 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 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm 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. 

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