Legal Clinic

In addition to legal representation and other services for income-eligible neighborhood residents, HCC offers a free legal clinic on Monday evenings.

Any New York City resident who does not qualify for HCC's legal services* can visit HCC’s Legal Clinic, regardless of income or address.  Our volunteer lawyers provide brief legal information, explain basic legal rights and may refer visitors to other legal resources/organizations/agencies.

The Clinic is for 15-minute consultations only. You do not retain the volunteer attorney and the attorney cannot represent you or provide legal advice.  While most visitors come for legal information about housing-related matters, attorneys may (at their own discretion) field questions about other basic, legal matters, as well.  Visitors are asked to bring all documents relevant to their questions.

HCC Legal Clinic Scheduling Procedure

The Clinic takes place weekly on Monday nights from 7pm – 9pm.  To meet with a volunteer attorney, visitors must call the front desk (212) 541-5996 to reserve a spot in the clinic in advance.  Only the first eight callers will be able to reserve an appointment.

The eight individuals with reserved spots will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis during the night of the Clinic, starting promptly at 7pm.  The HCC waiting room is available for Clinic visitors starting at 6:30pm, NO EARLIER.  Visitors are allowed no more than three (3) consecutive Monday visits.  HCC reserves the right to decline services to any individual.

Any walk-in visitor who comes to the Clinic without an appointment will be seen only if one of the eight visitors with an appointment fails to show up or cancels last-minute or at the discretion of the volunteer attorney.

The Clinic is closed on all federal holidays unless otherwise specified.  


*Persons qualified for HCC legal services -- persons living within HCC's catchment area who meet our income guidelines -- are asked to attend intake, prior to coming to the Legal Clinic.


New! Free Legal Services for Seniors

Next Scheduled Date: TBA

Place: Clinton Senior Center (530 West 55th Street)

Time: TBA

To better serve seniors in the New York City community, HCC now offers a clinic for seniors (persons 62+) on occasional Friday afternoons throughout the year.  The Clinic is for 15-minute consultations only.  The senior does not retain the attorney at this session. While most seniors come for legal information about simple estate planning, public benefits or housing-related matters, an attorney may choose to field questions about other basic, legal matters, as well. Visitors are asked to bring any documents relevant to their legal question.  Seniors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis (order determined by the sign-in sheet) during the afternoon of the Clinic, starting promptly at 12:30pm and ending after the last person on the sign-in sheet is seen.  For additional information please call (212) 541-5996.