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Legal Advice Clinics

Volunteer lawyers give brief, free legal advice at several locations in the Hennepin County Court, including the Self-Help Centers, Conciliation Court, Housing Court, and the Courthouse at Brookdale. Use of these advice clinics is generally limited to people who live in Hennepin County or have a court case in Hennepin County. Some clinic services are also limited to people whose income is within a certain range of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Clinic Hours & Locations


Legal Access Point (LAP) Clinic at the Goverment Center

The Legal Access Point Clinic (LAP) is located in the Self-Help Center on the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center. Free advice consults are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and sign-up starts at 8:00 a.m.
  General public: Free legal consults are available on most legal topic. No income limit applies.
Hours: Monday - Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Monday:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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  People with low income: Free legal consults for people with low income on most legal topics, except family law and criminal law.
  Hours: Monday - Friday:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 4th District Court Self-Help Center
Hennepin County Govt. Center
300 S. 6th St., skyway level
Minneapolis, MN 55487 map
  Legal Access Point Clinic Calendar Check the Legal Access Point Clinic Calendar to see legal topics handled by volunteer attorneys each day. Attorneys listed as “General” on the Calendar do not give family law or criminal law advice. NOTE: The advice clinic attorneys are volunteers. Their schedules are subject to changes or cancellations without notice. Call (612)752-6666 if you want to confirm that an attorney will be at the advice clinic on a particular day.
Legal Access Point (LAP) Clinic at the Brookdale Courthouse
General public: Free legal consults are available on any legal topic. No income limit applies.
Hours: 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. Monday only (usually once each month). Please call (612)752-6666 to confirm when an attorney is scheduled to be at the clinic.
Location: 4th District Court
Division 2 - Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., 1st floor
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 map

Free on-site parking is available at the Brookdale Courthouse.

Conciliation Court Clinic

Free legal consults for people with low income are available on a first-come, first-served basis in Room 312 of City Hall. Volunteer attorneys give free legal advice on conciliation court matters.

People with low income: Free legal consults are available on any legal topic (generally, for claims up to $15,000.) You must be screened for income eligibility to use the clinic.
Hours: Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday:  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  Location: Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street
Room #312
Minneapolis, MN 55415 map
Conciliation Court Appeals Clinic
People with low income: Free legal consults are available for people who want to appeal (remove) a conciliation court judgment to district court. You must be screened for income eligibility to use the clinic.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month
Location: Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street
Room #312
Minneapolis, MN 55415 map
Family Court Clinic

At the Family Court Clinic, attorneys from the Volunteer Lawyers Network answer family law questions on a first-come, first-served basis. The advice clinic is on the 1st Floor of the Family Justice Center, 110 4th St. S., in downtown Minneapolis. Volunteer attorneys sometimes cancel, so call (612)752-6677 if you want to confirm that an attorney is scheduled.

  People with low income: Free legal consults for people with low income (up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) on family law topics only.
  Hours: Monday and Thursday:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Tuesday and Friday:  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Sign-up for the advice clinic starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Family Court Self-Help Center on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of openings is very limited.
Location: Family Justice Center
110 S. 4th St., 1st floor
Minneapolis, MN 55401 map
  Family Law Advice by Phone Family Law Advice by Phone
Low-income people who live in Hennepin County can get a free 20-minute legal advice consult on family law matters from the Volunteer Lawyers Network. To schedule a consult, please call the VLN Intake Line at (612)752-6677 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Calendar MN Family Law Clinic Calendar
See dates, times and locations of family law advice clinics offered throughout Minnesota.
Housing Court Project

At the Housing Court Project clinic, tenants and landlords with low income who live in Hennepin County can get free legal advice consults on a first-come, first-served basis at the hours listed below. The clinic is on the 3rd floor of the C tower in the Hennepin County Government Center.

People with low income: To use the clinic, a tenant must have low income and live in Hennepin County.

To use the clinic, a landlord must have low income and live in the rental property located in Hennepin County. The property title must be recorded in the landlord's name, not as a business.
Hours: Monday: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (tenants only)
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (tenants only)
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: 4th District Housing Court
Hennepin County Govt. Center
300 S. 6th St., 3rd floor in C-tower
Minneapolis, MN 55487 map

 

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