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The following information will assist you if you are in need of an attorney for a civil legal matter but cannot afford one.

In Iowa there are limited resources and programs available to provide free civil legal assistance. When you call a program to request assistance, you will be screened for eligibility. A client is eligible for assistance if their income and assets fall within the established guidelines and if the case fits within the priorities set by the program. Not all clients who are financially eligible will be able to receive assistance because of the limited staff or volunteer resources of the programs. The program will assess your case to determine if they may be able to assist you. Your case may be handled by one of the staff attorneys at the program. In some circumstances your case will be referred to a private attorney who has volunteered to assist persons referred through a pro bono program.


Iowa Legal Aid
Applications for help statewide: (800) 532-1275
Apply online at

Administrative Office
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 243-2151

Cedar Rapids Regional Office
317 7th Ave., Suite 400
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Southwest Iowa Regional Office
532 First Avenue, Suite 300
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Central Iowa Regional Office
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, IA 50314

Northeast Iowa Regional Office
799 Main Street, Suite 280
Dubuque, IA 52001

Iowa City Regional Office
1700 South First Ave., Suite 10
Iowa City, IA 52240

North Central Iowa Regional Office
22 North Georgia, Suite 2
Mason City, IA 50401

Southeast Iowa Regional Office
112 East Third Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Northwest Iowa Regional Office
520 Nebraska Street, Suite 337
Sioux City, IA 51101

Waterloo Regional Office
607 Sycamore, Suite 206
Waterloo, IA 50703

Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
(800) 992-8161 or (515) 282-8161
(providing statewide service to Iowans 60 years and older)


ISBA Find-A-Lawyer Service

HELP Legal Assistance
736 Federal Street, Suite 1401
Davenport, IA 52803
(563) 322-6216

Pro Bono Project of Help Legal Assistance
and the Scott County Bar Association

736 Federal Street, Suite 1401
Davenport, IA 52803

Muscatine Legal Services
122 E. 2nd Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
(563) 263-8663

Story County Legal Aid Society
937 6th Street
Nevada, IA 50201
(515) 382-2471

Drake University Legal Clinic
2400 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 271-3851

University of Iowa Clinical Law Program
University of Iowa Law School
386 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
(319) 335-9023

Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
625 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 243-3904


Some offices may have pre-set times and days in which new intakes are conducted. Contact the office listed to determine when and how your case may be considered.