For the Public


The LSBA Access to Justice Department works with the Louisiana Supreme Court, individual judicial districts, local bar associations, pro-bono organizations, Legal Services Corporations, community groups, and other partners to coordinate services and provide legal information and resources to people legal issues who cannot afford an attorney or find help through civil legal aid programs.

Self Represented Litigant Resources
Finding an Attorney
"You have a right to an attorney..." only applies if you have been accused of a crime.  In civil cases, which includes divorce, custody, wage disputes, eviction, bankruptcy, or other non-criminal matters, the court is not obligated to provide you with an attorney. It is always in your best interest to speak with a licensed attorney about your legal issue. 

Visit the Lawyer Referral and Information web page for help finding an attorney in your area. This page also provides helpful hints for working with a lawyer.

Legal Aid
If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you may be able to find free a attorney through a legal aid organization in your area. However, financial eligibility requirements apply, and resources are limited. To find legal aid in your area, click on your parish below.

Self-Representation ("Pro Se")
If you do not have an attorney, you still have the right to represent yourself in court. However, if you do this, it is your responsiblity to know the laws and court procedures. Judges and court employees are not allowed to provide you with legal advice, and may not be able to speak with you at all about your case outside of the court room. Going to court without an attorney can be extremely difficult without a legal background. 

Click on your parish below to see available services in your area. Some jurisdictions have self-help centers than you can visit, and others have online resources. There are also several statewide services including online legal advice, a legal hotline, and events at public libraries.

Local Services
Click your parish below to see what services are available in your area. To add your program to this list, please contact Nicole.Louque@lsba.org.
Louisiana State Bar Association
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New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600