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CLS is hiring attorneys for our domestic violence victim protection project!  See our careers page for details.

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OUR STORY

Connecticut Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people by providing access to justice.

Connecticut believes in fairness and equal justice. But the most vulnerable members of our communities can't afford the legal help they need in life-changing situations.

CLS responds with free legal assistance and advocacy to help vulnerable people meet their basic needs and escape poverty. We win restraining orders for domestic violence victims; protect the elderly from unfair evictions; and obtain educational services for disabled children.

We are the promise of justice in the Constitution State.

 

We are Connecticut's largest nonprofit law office, working for justice and against poverty in 122 communities statewide.  In 2017, our work included...

CASES HANDLED

5,347

PEOPLE SERVED

12,394

CHILDREN HELPED

4,728

PEOPLE TRAINED

15,025

THE LATEST NEWS FROM CLS

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CONNECTICUT’S EVICTION PROBLEM

John, a college lecturer with a PhD, was viciously assaulted and left with a traumatic brain injury. When he woke up from months in a coma, John had lost his ability to walk independently, to read, and to write – and he had also lost his home, which had been foreclosed while he was unconscious. […]

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JUSTICE FOR EVERY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM

Too often, justice for Connecticut’s domestic violence victims depends on how much money they have. That’s unfair and unsafe. And, thanks to a new pilot project, it’s also starting to change. Starting July 1, Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) will partner with the Judicial Branch and others in an exciting advocacy effort that could be a […]

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your support helps us ensure access to desperately-needed legal help for vulnerable people across Connecticut

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OUR STRATEGIES

How We Make a Difference for Connecticut's Most Vulnerable People

Legal Representation

We provide direct legal representation to low-income clients in more than 5,000 civil legal cases every year - from defending against employment discrimination to obtaining benefits for people with disabilities to helping immigrant victims of crime get visas.

Policy Advocacy

We advocate at the Connecticut legislature and in communities across the state for laws, policies, and practices that increase fairness in the justice system and protect and expand the services and supports available to low-income people.

Education and Training

Our experienced staff provide training, organization legal education seminars, and distribute legal information to help low-income people, community members, service providers, and justice-system stakeholders understand the rights of vulnerable people.

Impact Litigation

We have a long history of successful impact litigation - carefully-chosen court cases, some of which are extraordinarily complex, that can make lasting change in the law and improve the lives of many people at once.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

"Without your help I would be homeless right now, and I know I would not have been able to handle that. I slept well last night for the first time in four months. Thank you so much—you literally saved my life."

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-CLS Client

"There are thousands more out there like us who need help.  They need support and someone to fight for them.  Without Connecticut Legal Services, they wouldn’t get a second chance."

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-CLS Client

"Just when I didn't have any hope, CLS was there to help me and my family.  Legal aid helps people accomplish their goals – like keep their children and their homes, being safe, and staying in school."

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-CLS Client