'Closing the Justice Gap' - LSC's role in the US Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Chris Coons led the 2024 US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Closing the Justice Gap.' LSC President Ron Flagg testified on the importance of closing the justice gap for civil legal aid in the US, along with TX Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, a former client of Legal Aid Chicago Veronica Gonzalez, and Nikole Nelson – former Executive Director of Alaska Legal Services.

VA awards $26.8M in grants to support legal services for Veterans experiencing or at risk for homelessness

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $26.8 million in legal services grants to a total of 108 public or non-profit organizations, all with the goal of increasing access to legal services for eligible Veterans experiencing or at risk for homelessness. 35 of those awardees are LSC grantees.

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LSC's 50th Anniversary

For 50 years, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has been Protecting the Promise of justice for all by providing millions of Americans throughout the country with access to legal resources that have had a life-changing impact. LSC is commemorating this milestone anniversary by renewing our commitment to promote equal access to justice in our Nation and to provide high quality civil legal assistance to low-income persons.

LSC Provides Financial Support For Civil Legal Aid Organizations to Low-Income Americans.

LSC promotes equal access to justice by providing funding to 130 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

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Learn More About LSC

  • Why was LSC created?
  • What is legal aid?
  • Does LSC provide legal aid?
  • What kinds of grants does LSC offer?
  • Where can I find information on legal aid organizations in my area?

Under the Sixth Amendment, Americans are only guaranteed legal assistance for criminal matters. LSC was created to financially support legal aid organizations who assist with civil matters.

Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.

LSC-funded programs help people who live in households with annual incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines – in 2021, that is $16,100 for an individual, $33,125 for a family of four. Clients come from every ethnic and age group and live in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

They are the working poor, veterans, homeowners and renters, families with children, farmers, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Women - many of whom are struggling to keep their children safe and their families together - comprise 70% of clients.

LSC is a grant-making organization, distributing nearly 94% of its federal appropriation to eligible nonprofit organizations delivering civil legal aid. LSC awards grants through a competitive process and currently funds 131 independent legal aid organizations. With nearly 852 offices nationwide, these organizations serve thousands of low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in every congressional district.

LSC grantees handle the basic civil legal needs of the poor, addressing matters involving safety, subsistence, and family stability. Most legal aid practices are focused on family law, including domestic violence and child support and custody, and on housing matters, including evictions and foreclosures.

LSC promotes equal access to justice by awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grants process.

We award grants targeted towards technology initiatives, pro bono innovations, as well as many others. 

Legal Services Corporation currently provides funding to 131 independent nonprofit legal aid organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

To find an LSC-funded legal aid organization near you, simply enter an address or city at the link below. 


Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request

LSC requests $1.797 billion for FY 2025, an increase of $216 million over LSC’s FY 2024 budget request. This recommendation considers the sustained impact of COVID-19 and the drastic increase in child poverty experienced in 2022. We know that more than 33% of unmet legal needs are directly related to COVID-19 and others have been exacerbated by the pandemic. We also know child poverty more than doubled from 5.2% in 2021 to more than 12.4% in 2022. Evictions continue to rise – returning to or exceeding historical averages. Debt collection and related consumer finance complaints have reached record highs. Without a significant additional investment in civil legal aid, the justice gap will only continue to grow.

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Justice Gap

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to help measure the justice gap among low-income Americans in 2022. LSC defines the justice gap as the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs.