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 (more info here). Our initial screening and phone consultations with an attorney are completely free. In person 1-2 hour case consultations and limited assistance sessions are available for a flat fee of $50-$100.


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.

We are supported by our Founding and Fueling Partners:

our Supporting Partners:

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and the generous gifts of hundreds of individual donors. Thank you to everyone who has invested in our mission of making sure legal representation is within reach of all of our community members.