Other Legal Service Providers

We encourage you to contact a number of other legal service providers as you seek legal help beyond what we are able to offer.

Legal Aid

In your search for free legal help, we encourage you to first determine whether you qualify for legal aid.  In BC, legal aid services range from legal information and legal advice to legal representation (a lawyer to handle your case).  If your legal problem involves criminal charges, mental health or prison issues, serious family problems or serious immigration problems, you may qualify for legal representation through legal aid.  Please consult the Legal Services Society website to see if you qualify under the LSS rules and financial eligibility guidelines.

Community Legal Assistance Society

CLAS provides free legal assistance to disadvantaged people throughout BC, specializing in the areas of poverty, disability, workers’ compensation, employment insurance, mental health, human rights and equality law.  Their activities include test case and Charter litigation; service case work and law reform; liaison and consultation with community groups; legal supervision of advocacy groups and law students; publication of legal materials designed to assist self-represented litigants; and legal training and support to lay advocates, community groups, law students, and lawyers doing pro bono work.

UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program

LSLAP is a non-profit society run by law students at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC.  Law students provide free legal advice and representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.  LSLAP legal advice clinics are located throughout the Lower Mainland.

University of Victoria Law Centre

A service of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, the Law Centre provides legal advice, assistance and representation to residents of the Capital Regional District who cannot afford a lawyer.

Community Advocates

Community advocates help low- and modest-income individuals to find legal information, know their legal rights, argue their case in tribunal hearings, and/or lobby for political change.  Advocates cannot provide legal advice or representation, but they often have a very nuanced understanding of the legal issues that confront low- and modest-income individuals, and so depending on your circumstances, their services may be of equal or greater assistance to you than those provided by a lawyer.

Dial-A-Law

Dial-A-Law is a library of free legal information in BC, prepared by lawyers. It has practical information on over 130 legal topics.  Callers can learn about legal rights and responsibilities, and the legal system. Dial-A-Law transcripts are offered in English, Chinese and Punjabi.  Scripts are also available online in digital audio format.

Dial-A-Law is accessible via two ways: i) calling 604-687-4680 or (outside Greater Vancouver) toll-free 1-800-565-5297; or ii) visiting www.dialalaw.org.

Lawyer Referral Service

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia and operated by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC). The LRS program enables the public to access lawyers and provides the opportunity to have a consultation with a lawyer for up to 30 minutes for a fee of $25 plus tax.