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Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building; it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists. … It is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.
— Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell Jr.

Charleston Legal Access is Charleston's first nonprofit law firm representing modest means clients with sliding scale fees. If you make too much money to qualify for a Legal Services attorney, but you do not make enough to pay standard rates for an attorney, we are here to bridge the justice gap and give you access to legal representation.

We are supported by:

as well as our Founding Partners:

our Supporting Partners:

and the generous gifts of hundreds of community members.

Not a traditional law firm.

CLA is Charleston's first nonprofit, sliding scale law firm. We do not provide free legal services, but we will work at a price that those of moderate means can afford. Hourly rates are determined on an individual basis by a client's income and family size. Our initial screening and the first attorney consultation are completely free. In addition, we will do our best to connect clients to other legal resources and assist them in determining whether they qualify for free help from those sources.