About the Clinic

This free legal clinic, staffed by NYLAG attorneys and a paralegal, is designed for people who are representing themselves or planning to represent themselves in civil law suits in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Navigating the court system is a complicated, time-consuming and often overwhelming experience for litigants without an attorney, and they are at a disadvantage when they litigate against a party who does have an attorney. NYLAG’s legal staff helps to level the playing field by providing legal assistance to these unrepresented litigants, thereby enhancing access to justice and improving the litigation process for pro se litigants.

The clinic assists litigants with most types of federal civil cases, including matters involving civil rights, employment discrimination, labor law, social security benefits, foreclosure and tax. It provides pro se litigants with a range of services, including:

  • Counseling clients considering filing a case in the SDNY, including on the issue of whether a case should be filed in the SDNY or elsewhere.
  • Providing an overview of the federal legal process in civil cases generally.
  • Providing legal advice in response to questions at all stages of litigation in the SDNY.
  • Reviewing and explaining court orders and filings by the opponent.
  • Assisting with preparation for depositions, mediations and court appearances.

Court Location

Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse
Room LL22
40 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007
Open Weekdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed on federal and court holidays

The Manhattan office is just inside the ground level entrance to the courthouse, on Pearl Street.

White Plains
The Hon. Charles L. Brieant Jr. Federal Building and Courthouse
300 Quarropas St
White Plains, NY 10601
(212) 659 6190
Open Wednesdays 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Closed on federal and court holidays

To make an appointment for a consultation call (212) 659-6190 or stop by the clinic during office hours.

Please note: a government-issued photo ID is required to enter the building. The clinic offers in-person appointments only. The clinic does not offer assistance over the phone or by email.


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