Legal Aid


Through the Legal Aid Clinic, KU law student interns provide legal assistance for low-income clients in Lawrence Municipal Court and Douglas County District Court. The clinic's caseload is divided into four general areas:

  • a core juvenile defense practice representing children charged with crimes in Douglas County District Court;
  • a criminal defense practice for adults who are charged with crimes and ordinance violations in Lawrence Municipal Court; 
  • a civil practice to provide legal assistance for individuals seeking name and gender marker changes through the Douglas County District Court; and
  • a limited civil practice that may focus on school discipline, mental health, race and educational equity, and other emerging matters.

All cases are received by court appointment or agency referral and screened for eligibility, clinic capacity, and conflict of interest before representation can begin. Capacity varies by semester depending on student enrollment.

For further information, call 785-864-5564.