Community Services: Legal Aid
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Legal Aid

Legal Aid Justice Center
1000 Preston Ave.

The Legal Aid Justice Center offers free civil legal services to low-income families throughout Central Virginia—and to farm workers and other low-wage immigrant workers statewide. Legal Aid currently sponsors three principal programs: the Civil Advocacy Program, which assists area clients who face legal issues in housing, public benefits, employment, consumer protection and the rights of the elderly and individuals with disabilities; the Virginia Justice Center for Farm and Immigrant Workers, which addresses the legal issues of the estimated 50,000 farm workers, thousands of day laborers and many other low-wage immigrants who live or work in Virginia; and the JustChildren program, which employs a variety of strategies to ensure that young people in Virginia have access to the services and support necessary to live successful lives in their communities.

Other Law-Related Public Service Opportunities

Through its Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center, its clinical programs and its Pro Bono Project, the Law School provides students with the opportunity to work with attorneys from non-profit organizations such as:

In addition, lawyers from several Charlottesville firms supervise law students participating in clinics or pro bono projects. Many student groups have public service projects as well; see Student Service Organizations.

The Public Service Center frequently notifies students through emails and announcements about available public service opportunities, and keeps a database of such opportunities that is accessible only to enrolled students.

Photo courtesy of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau,

Social Service


Emergency Relief

Education & Children

Women's Organizations

Services for the

Legal Aid

Senior Citizens

Political Groups

UVA Student Service


The Community Service section describes area community service groups, both as a resource for you and as a possible outlet for volunteer energies. Of course, this is not a comprehensive list. For more possibilities, check out the Charlottesville/ Albemarle Chamber of Commerce, the Monticello Avenue community network or the community calendar in the Daily Progress.

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