Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.

What Jacksonville Area Legal Aid does:

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (JALA) is a non-profit law firm dedicated to providing free civil legal assistance to those who could not otherwise afford it.


Types of issues or cases handled:

  • Community development
  • Consumer
  • Education
  • Family law
  • Elder law
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Fair housing
  • Housing & eviction
  • Health
  • Public benefits
  • Mental health
  • Veterans
  • Immigration

JALA also provides a variety of legal services for those persons living with HIV or AIDS.


Areas served:

  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Clay
  • Columbia
  • Dixie
  • Duval
  • Gilchrist
  • Hamilton
  • Lafayette
  • Levy
  • Madison
  • Nassau
  • St. Johns
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union

Income & other eligibility:

JALA will consider representation of clients who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. 

However many of JALA's programs are not income sensitive including:

  • Fair housing
  • Ryan White (HIV/AIDS)
  • Immigration
  • Title III - helping senior citizens who are age 60 and older.

How to get help:

Apply online by:

  • Clicking on Submit Request for Assistance and completing the form
  • Scrolling down the page for the Family Law Legal Assistance at Reduced Expense (FLARE) program's online application.

By telephone at:

  • 1-904-356-8371 or toll free 1-866-356-8371 (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee, Taylor & Union)
  • 1-904-284-8410 Ext. 3006 or toll free 1-866-284-8410 Ext. 3006 (Clay County)
  • 1-904-827-9921 or toll free 1-877-827-9921 (St. Johns County)
  • 1-904-356-8371 Ext. 334 (Refugee Immigration Project)

Walk-in:

  • Refugee Immigration Project, JALA, 126 W. Adams St., 2nd floor, Jacksonville, FL 32202, from 8:30 a.m. to  5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Office locations:

Downtown Jacksonville Office (serving Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Suwannee, Taylor, & Union Counties)
126 W. Adams St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Telephone: 1-904-356-8371
Toll-Free: 1-866-356-8371
Fax: 1-904-356-8285

St. Johns County Legal Aid (a branch office of JALA serving St. Johns County)
222 San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Telephone: 1-904-827-9921
Toll Free: 1-877-827-9921
Fax: 1-904-827-9978

Clay County Legal Aid (a branch office of JALA serving Clay County)
Clay County Courthouse
825 N. Orange Avenue, Rm 308
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Telephone: 1-904-284-8410
Toll Free: 1-866-284-8410


Updated: September 10, 2018

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