What We Do

OPLC advocates for policies aimed at reducing poverty and increasing access to opportunities and justice for all Ohioans.  OPLC also provides assistance to and collaborates with the Ohio legal aid community as the legal services state support center for Ohio.  OPLC attorneys are experienced poverty law advocates who work to address pressing issues facing low-income Ohioans.



Can I volunteer at OPLC?

We welcome volunteer law students and attorneys.  We accept law clerks each summer, usually posting a hiring notice in November.  Although OPLC cannot pay law students a salary, we are happy to support applications for public interest law fellowships and other paid internships.

Attorneys who are interested in volunteering should contact Janet Hales or Patrick Higgins for more information.

How can I contact OPLC?

You can contact OPLC by phone at (614) 221-7201 or (800) 589-5888.  You can email us at info@ohiopovertylaw.org.

Can I donate to OPLC?

We would be honored to accept your donation.  OPLC is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) that is wholly owned by Ohio State Legal Services Association, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your donation is tax deductible.   Click here or on the Donate button above to donate today!

What is the difference between OPLC and a local legal aid office?

Most legal aid offices provide civil legal assistance and representation to low-income individuals and families in the office’s service area (usually one or more counties).  You can find the legal aid office that serves your area by clicking here.

OPLC advocates for policies in Ohio’s legislature and administrative agencies on behalf of low-income Ohioans on a full-time basis and does not represent people in cases.

Is there a difference between “legal services” and “legal aid”?

When we use the terms “legal services” and “legal aid” on this website, we use them interchangeably, to describe Ohio’s non-profit legal aid offices provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.  Be careful, though, because some for-profit law firms call themselves “legal aid” or “legal services” to confuse the public.

Does OPLC handle cases for individuals?

No.  OPLC does not accept inquiries or consider cases brought to us by the public.  If you need legal assistance, please contact your local legal aid office to apply for help.