We believe that everyone should be able to access competent and timely legal help.
We’ve built the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation. Thanks to a unique technology platform, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and talented staff, we’re able to represent low-income residents in over 35 areas of law.
No arbitrary exclusions
Meeting people where they are
Pro bono integration
New technology infrastructure
Clients who earn below $15,000/year
Total Closed Cases Since Jan. 7th, 2013
Areas of Practice Breakdown
- Housing Law 30% 30%
- Family Law 23% 23%
- Tort Law 9% 9%
- Consumer Law 9% 9%
- Wills/Probate Law 8% 8%
- License Law 6% 6%
- Employment Law 7% 7%
- Other Law 17% 17%
from all case types
Thousands of Dollars in Awards and Settlements
Thousands of Dollars in Debt Discharged, Cancelled, or Proved Fraudulent
Housing Barrier Removed
Transferred to Safer Housing
Move Outs Delayed
Parents Reunited With Their Children
Children or Victims Protected
Family Conflicts Resolved
Estate Plans Completed
Immigration Documents Obtained
Driver's License Holds Removed
We analyzed our costs and case results using a standard methodology created by the Robin Hood Foundation and discovered that for every one dollar we spend on services and overhead, we generated about $6.63 in short and long term financial benefits for our clients and deterred up to $14.75 in illegal activity.
When you compare our social return on investment to other high-performing nonprofits in other sectors, who used the same methodology to arrive at their results, you can see that legal services easily has the highest SROI.
This doesn’t mean other types of human services aren’t incredibly important. It does mean that when governments, foundations, and individuals are looking to invest in ways that address poverty, legal services should be the first intervention that’s funded, not the last.
Review our full methodology here.
- Legal Services 85.6% 85.6%
- Food Kitchen and Services 24% 24%
- Early Childhood Education 20% 20%
- Micro-Finance 16.8% 16.8%
- Elementary School 16.4% 16.4%
- Women’s Shelter 12% 12%
- Public Health Clinic 12% 12%
- Housing and Services 12% 12%
- Financial Education 7.6% 7.6%