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Where to Go for Help If You Cannot Afford a Lawyer

You may not be able to afford to pay a lawyer to represent you. If so, you may be able to get free help or you may be able to represent yourself in court. Some resources are:

Low-Income Legal Services

Legal Aid of Nebraska
To see if you qualify for Legal Aid of Nebraska’s services, you may apply online or by calling the AccessLine ®:

  • (402) 348-1060 AccessLine ® if you live in the Douglas Co. area
  • (877) 250-2016 AccessLine® if you live outside the Douglas Co. area
  • (800) 527-7249 Elder AccessLine ® if you are 60 and over
  • (800) 729-9908 Native American AccessLine ® if you are Native American​

Law School Legal Clinics

  • University of Nebraska College of Law Legal Clinic:  A limited number of cases are accepted by the UNL Legal Clinic. Clients are represented by students under the supervision of College of Law faculty. The telephone number is (402) 472-3271.
  • Creighton University School of Law Legal Clinic:  For Douglas County residents only. Call the Clinic at (402) 280-3068 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A limited number of cases are accepted by the Creighton Legal Clinic. Clients are represented by students under the supervision of Law School faculty.

Self-Help Centers

A Self Help Center is a free, walk-in legal information and resource center for low-income persons representing themselves in court. There are Self Help Centers in courthouses in Buffalo, Douglas, Hall, Lancaster, Madison and Scotts Bluff Counties. A Self Help Center is not a substitute for professional legal advice. When you cannot afford a lawyer, however, a Self Help Center can provide legal information and resources to help you resolve a legal problem on your own. Please visit the Nebraska State Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Webpage for more information about Self Help Centers.

NE Free Legal Answers

NE Free Legal Answers is a free, online legal advice clinic where qualifying low-income Nebraskans can ask a volunteer lawyer a question about a civil (non-criminal) legal problem.  Visit www.NE.freelegalanswers.org for more information and to see if you qualify to use the service.  To qualify, you must be at least 18, reside in Nebraska, you can't be incarcerated, and your household income and assets must meet poverty income guidelines.  Qualifying users will receive an email message to log back in to the Website if a lawyer responds to the question. 

Legal Aid of Nebraska's Access to Justice (A2J) Center

Legal Aid of Nebraska’s A2J Center is a self-help center in Douglas County where low-income people can access legal resources including computers, forms, and self-help clinics.

It is located in Omaha at 1904 Farnam Street on the first floor.  Call (402) 348-1069, or toll-free at (888) 991-9921, or, visit our website at www.legalaidofnebraska.com to find out more information.


  • State Library
    You can go to the State Library if you need access to legal resources including using the internet to do legal research. The State Library is located in room 325 at the State Capitol Building in Lincoln.  The telephone number is (402) 471-3189.

  • Public Libraries
    Your local public library may have some resources and public access to computers and the internet. To find your local library, click the link above.

  • University of Nebraska College of Law Library
    The UNL College of Law Library is located on the east campus of UNL. The Law library has one public access computer for members of the public to conduct legal research. The general telephone number to the law school is (402) 472-2161.

  • Creighton University Law School Library
    The Creighton Law School Library has public access computers available for legal research. Reference assistance is also available.  The general library telephone number is (402) 280-2875. The Law Library is open to the general public with legal research needs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday while school is in session. Hours may vary during breaks and over the summer. It is located in Omaha on the corner of 21st and Cass Streets on the second floor of the Ahmanson Law Center.​

Referral Services

Referrals to private attorneys are available. Private attorneys may charge for their services.

  • Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer
    This service is provided by the Nebraska State Bar Association to assist its members and the public in locating a lawyer.  Visit http://www.nefindalawyer.com/ to view a directory of lawyers that is searchable by county or area of practice.  Some lawyers offer limited scope and modest means representation, which can be helpful to persons with limited financial resources.
  • Omaha Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    The service refers callers to private practicing attorneys in Douglas and Sarpy counties. For more information call  (402) 280-3603 or visit the link above.

This page was last modified on Thursday, January 26, 2017