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Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
126 West Adams Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202
with offices in Clay and St. Johns Counties.


What is Jacksonville Area Legal Aid? 

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, or JALA, operates as a nonprofit organization providing free high-quality legal assistance to low-income and other special-needs groups in civil (non- criminal) legal matters. Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is a nonprofit mid-size law firm of 35 attorneys and 30 support staff who handle civil legal matters which include public benefits, employment/unemployment law, family law, landlord-tenant disputes, fair housing, guardianship, refugee and asylee immigration, foreclosure defense, and consumer law.


Whom does Legal Aid serve?

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid serves low-income individuals, as well as other vulnerable populations including veterans, senior citizens, children, individuals affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, the deaf/hard of hearing, and disabled individuals. Jacksonville Area Legal Aid offers free monthly clinics focusing on consumer issues, family law (including dissolution of marriage, paternity, and child support modifications), small claims court, and foreclosure to name a few.

How can I help?

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid relies on a network of grants and community support to provide its vital services to the residents of Jacksonville and the surrounding communities. JALA is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of law. If you are an attorney, the Florida Bar advocates at least 20 hours of pro bono service or a contribution of at least $350.00 to your area legal aid provider; Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is the primary legal aid provider for Northeast Florida.

Go to to donate or to sign up to volunteer as a pro bono attorney.  


How can I get help?

If you are seeking help in a civil legal matter and believe that Jacksonville Area Legal Aid may be able to help, visit or call (904) 356-8371 [Duval and Nassau], (904) 284-8410 [Clay], or (904) 827-9921 [St. Johns]. For deaf/hard of hearing individuals, V/TTY Video Phone service is available at (904) 245-1041.

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.

3225 University Boulevard South, Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Lake City

Who is Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.?

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. is a local, non-profit corporation that provides free civil legal services to low-income clients throughout Northeast Florida. Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. has served the Northeast Florida community for over 36 years. Our origins date back to 1977 after Storefront Legal Aid in Gainesville, Florida and Suwannee River Economic Council in Live Oak, Florida merged. Initially, our new program received funding from the Legal Services Corporation to serve seven counties in 1978. Immediately thereafter, five more counties were added in 1979. By 2004, Three Rivers expanded to provide advice and legal assistance to eligible clients with issues pertaining to foreclosure defense, landlord tenant, consumer law, family law, public benefits, veterans benefits, educational advocacy, and federal income taxes. to low-income persons in the following seventeen counties listed below

Alachua • Baker • Bradford • Clay • Columbia • Dixie • Duval • Gilchrist • Hamilton • Lafayette • Levy • Madison • Nassau • St. Johns • Suwannee • Taylor • Union

Who Are Our Clients?

Three Rivers serves community members with income below the 200-250% federal poverty level as well as the homeless, domestic abuse victims, disabled veterans, senior citizens, and special needs children. In addition to providing free legal advice and representation, Three Rivers hosts seminars and workshops to educate the community on legal topics such as Restoration of Civil Rights and Sealing & Expungement through Project R: Restoring Rights, Repairing Records, and Rebuilding Hope. During tax season, we also offer Beware Before You Prepare presentations to inform taxpayers about how to avoid falling prey to tax scams and we give follow up presentations during the post tax season.


How Can I Help Three Rivers?

Three Rivers is funded through the Legal Services Corporation and various other grants. As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, we accept tax deductible donations from attorneys, businesses, agencies, and individuals. Moreover, we encourage Florida Bar attorneys residing in Northeast Florida to provide pro bono services to our clients or make a $350 contribution to satisfy their Florida Bar Pro Bono requirement, pursuant to Rule 4-6.1. Law students are also welcomed to volunteer at Three Rivers to fulfill academic pro bono requirements. To make a monetary donation to Three Rivers, visit our website at To volunteer as a pro bono attorney or law student volunteer, contact our Jacksonville Pro Bono Coordinator, Chardea Murray, at


How Do I Become A Three Rivers Client?

To sign up for services, contact the Three Rivers Legal Help Line by calling 1 (866) 256-8091 or (904) 394-7450. Hablas español, and we also use an interpreter service to assist clients with a variety of other languages. For more information, visit our website at

Office of the Public Defender

for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida



407 N. Laura St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: 904-255-HOPE (4673)

Who is Office of the Public Defender?

The Office of the Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida represents individuals in criminal and civil proceedings who are entitled to court-appointed counsel under the United States and Florida Constitutions, or as authorized by Florida law. The office represents individuals charged with criminal offenses, individuals who are subject to mental health commitments, and individuals who are subject to civil commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Act.


How do I contact the Office of the Public Defender?

407 N. Laura St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: 904-255-HOPE (4673)

What is Florida Coastal School of Law?



Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) located in Jacksonville, Florida, has a unique skills based program that is student-centered. Its programs are designed to advance students’ success in law school, on the bar exam, and in their careers. Named one of National Jurist Magazine’s best law schools for providing students practical training in 2015 with a grade of A+, the school’s curriculum focuses on experiential education: the hands-on learning needed to equip graduates with the leadership, management, and interpersonal skills that are necessary for career success.

As part of Coastal Law’s experiential learning program, there are numerous rotating in-house and practitioner clinics serving indigent clients in need of legal services in Jacksonville. In all of the in-house clinics, students receive guidance and supervision from a full-time faculty member who is a member of the Florida Bar.


Whom does Coastal Law clinics serve?

Coastal Law’s in-house clinics represent clients in need of legal services in the following areas:

Family Law
Immigrant and Human Rights (only represents children and victims of crime)
The Practitioner Clinics serve clients in the following areas with services varying by semester. These clinics typically accept cases referred from other organizations.:

-Wills, Estates, & Trust
-Wrongful Conviction
-Interviewing & Counseling
-Florida Appellate Law
-Naturalization Law
-Veteran's Benefits
-Child Advocacy and Dependency
-How Do I Become a Clinic Client?

Florida Coastal ’s legal clinics represent indigent clients who are referred from various legal, business and social service agencies or government offices in Jacksonville. Typically clients will need to be referred from an organization where they are receiving services. For information about Coastal Law’s clinics, contact our Staff attorney Michelle Hawthorne at or (904) 680-7756.

In addition Florida Coastal offers legal information and brief service events throughout the year. Please see our website for more information

Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic

Florida Coastal’ s Immigrant and Human Rights clinic offers free legal representation to indigent immigrants in removal proceedings and in applications for immigration benefits. Currently the clinic is focused on serving children seeking asylum and victims of violent crime. The clinic only accepts cases referred from social and legal service agencies. Agency partners should email for information on making a referral.

Family Court Services


The Family Court Services staff provides access to the legal system, guidance in understanding court procedures, distribution of family law forms approved by the Supreme Court of Florida and free notary services. Individuals are advised that Family Court Services staff does not represent them in their case. Legal advice cannot be given.

Pro se = A self- represented litigant is a person who decided to pursue or respond to a family law case without the assistance of a lawyer.

A family law case is any case that is assigned to the family law division (which will be identified with a division beginning with "FM") in a judicial circuit. The family law division has jurisdiction over dissolution of marriage, custody and visitation, child support, name change, paternity, adoption, delayed birth certificates, and post judgment domestic violence matters.

It is highly advisable to consult with an attorney who will represent you and your interests.

Areas Available for Assistance:

- Adoption (Relative/Step-Parent)
- Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) with or without minor children/property
- Child Custody
- Foreign Orders/Judgments (Out of State Orders)
- Department of Revenue (DOR) Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Motions
- Modifications
- Name Changes
- Paternity
- Response to Petitions
- Temporary Needs
- Time-Sharing (Visitation)

The FCS staff will assist litigants from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, on a 'walk-in' basis.
Walk-in's are seen on a first come, first serve basis.
Due to high volume and complexity of some cases, wait times for the walk-in service may vary.

Case Managers are not Attorneys.
Case Managers are not authorized to fill out paperwork or to give legal advice.
If you have a complicated legal issues, you will be advised to speak with an attorney.

Our other locations are as follows

Nassau County
Nassau County Annex
76347 Veterans Way
Yulee, Florida 32034
(904) 548-4908
(By Appointment Only)

Clay County
Room 103 Clay County Courthouse
825 North Orange Avenue
Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
(904) 278-3636

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