“I think the best attorneys we’ve worked with have made it clear how important it is to meet people where they are. When you’re facing a legal problem of any kind, it can be incredibly intimidating, and to have someone who is able to sit with you, let you guide the conversation to answer the most important questions to you, and give you a roadmap to what the next step might be–it’s hard to overstate how meaningful that can be.” — Amanda Swanson, former Legal Clinic intern

The Legal Clinic offers professional, pro-bono legal advice to University staff, faculty and community members regarding such topics as landlord disputes and family law.

The monthly clinic aims to provide professional legal advice to any male or female Charlottesville resident or University faculty and staff member, while students utilize separate legal counsel on Grounds. A majority of clients seek advice regarding family law (e.g. divorce, family custody, wills and estates) or in property law (e.g. landlord-tenant disputes).

To register for our Free Legal Clinic, please fill out this intake form before scheduling an appointment.

New Legal Clinic Location for 2017

While the Women’s Center is under renovation, you will find our Legal Clinic just next door in OpenGrounds (1400 University Avenue).

Veterans Benefits Free Legal Clinic

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia, in partnership with the Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly and the UVA School of Law, will be offering a free Veterans Benefit Clinic on Monday, July 17th from 4-7pm at the University of Virginia School of Law, 580 Massie Rd.

This pro-bono clinic gives veterans in the Charlottesville community the opportunity to meet with an attorney to discuss questions about disability benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs.You must complete this pre-registration form before scheduling your appointment.

If you are a veteran interested in participating, please call (434) 817-2189 or visit womenscenter.virginia.edu/legal-clinic for more information on scheduling your appointment.

For further questions about the clinic, please email freelegalclinic@virginia.edu.

Legal Clinic Interns

Legal Clinic interns learn how to not only recruit lawyers, but as well how to maintain a relationship with them as to continue their involvement with the program. Interns as well work closely with Women’s Center staff members to improve the marketing of the Legal Clinic so that we can see a growing number of clients interested in making appointments.

Through the Legal Clinic, undergraduate student interns ultimately gain insight into the legal process, as well as learn how to interact with potential clients dealing with sensitive situations, how to maintain stewardship with lawyers and how to best advertise services.

To speak with the Legal Clinic Supervisor or to schedule appointments, please call (434) 982-2361 or email  freelegalclinic@virginia.edu.


Hear From Our Attorneys

“I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Women’s Center’s Legal Clinic. It is well organized and the clients have interesting legal questions. I urge all local attorneys to volunteer. It’s a great way to give back!”

– Lynn Bradley, Lynn Bradley, JD


“I think and hope that my willingness to learn and to bring (gently) an objective perspective to bear, had some value for the women who sought legal advice at the clinic that evening. I commend the Women’s Center for making this worthy program possible.”

– Meghan Cloud, McGuire Woods


“Volunteering at the UVA Women’s Center’s Legal Clinic is a truly rewarding experience…I encourage anyone who is thinking about volunteering with this organization to get involved.”

– Brittani Lemonds, Michie Hamlett Attorneys at Law


“The legal process can be intimidating and confusing for anyone. If you find yourself overwhelmed or uncertain, the UVA Women’s Center Legal Clinic provides an opportunity to sort through the issues and develop a plan.”

– John Ralston, Law Office of E. Randall Ralston