LSC promotes equal access to justice by awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grants process.
Our Basic Field Grants provide funding to support delivery of high-quality civil legal services and access to justice to low-income people throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories through full-service grants for all eligible people in a service area and through specialized subpopulation grants to provide services for agricultural workers and their dependents or for people in Native American communities.
We make a limited number of forgivable loans to attorneys employed by our grantees. Not only does this help attorneys repay law school debt, but it also helps our grantees recruit and retain highly qualified attorneys. Additionally, the Herbert S. Garten Loan Repayment Assistance Program helps promote the development of initiatives that make public interest law a viable career path for law school graduates.
The Legal Services Corporation(LSC) received $50 million in the $2 trillion stimulus package passed by the Senate to stabilize households and businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding will help LSC’s 132 grantees assist low-income clients facing job losses, evictions and other problems stemming from the pandemic.
The Veterans Appeals Pro Bono Grant facilitates the provision of high-quality legal and other assistance, without charge, to veterans and other individuals who are unable to afford the cost of legal representation in connection with decisions of, or other proceedings in, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
LSC grantees serve thousands of low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in 813 offices in every congressional district.