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Frequently Asked Questions


What does the Justice Center do?

The City Bar Justice Center's projects are focused in three areas: Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice and Access to Justice Innovations. The projects, complemented by a high-volume legal hotline and a pro bono program development clearinghouse, address the unmet needs for civil legal services in New York City. Our model is efficient and effective: each project is developed and overseen by an experienced legal expert, coordinated by a dedicated staff member and delivered through pro bono volunteer lawyers and community outreach.


I can't afford a lawyer and need legal assistance.

Call our Legal Hotline: 212.626.7383
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

The website is accessible at any time, and can help you with the following:

  • Find a lawyer
  • Get legal advice
  • Know your rights
  • Going to court
  • Access other resources related to your questions


I can afford to pay something for a lawyer.

Call the Legal Referral Service at 212.626.7373 or 212.626.7374 en Español
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Legal Referral Service can help you find a lawyer who practices in the legal area you need for a price you can afford to pay.


How do I get involved with a pro bono project?

See our Volunteer page.


Can I intern at the Justice Center? (for students and law graduates)

See our Employment and Internships page.


What jobs are currently available at the Justice Center?

See our Employment and Internships page.


How long has the Justice Center been in operation?

Growing out of the New York City Bar's longstanding dedication to pro bono legal services, the Justice Center succeeded the Robert B. McKay Community Outreach Law Program (COLP) and the Self-help Information and Education Hotline (SHIELD) programs of the City Bar Fund, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar, in 2005.