Frequently Asked Questions

  1. The Ohio Justice Bus is a mobile legal office and technology hotspot that allows legal aid and pro bono attorneys to travel to and provide civil legal services to Ohioans at no cost to clients.
  2. Learn more about the Bus and what it looks like inside by checking out this video.

The Ohio Justice Bus partners statewide with community organizations as well as attorneys in law firms and bar associations.

  1. All of our clinics are brief advice only.
  2. At a clinic, clients have the opportunity to speak with an attorney about their legal matter in a confidential space. Clients may speak with an attorney volunteer in person or virtually through an online platform like Zoom.
  3. The attorney will listen to the client, determine what next steps make sense for their situation, and provide guidance on what the client can do next. The attorney may also print out forms that could be helpful to the client, if needed.
  4. After the appointment ends, the representation of the client also ends. There is no continuing assistance after the clinic appointment and no expectation that the volunteer attorney will take the case.

Most commonly, we assist low-income Ohioans with a range of civil legal issues including family law; housing; record sealing; driver’s license reinstatement; wills and probate; public benefits; and immigration.

  1. Assist clients with criminal matters;
  2. Assist clients who already have an attorney;
  3. Provide brief advice at our clinics to someone who is not the client (examples can include social workers, family members who came on behalf of someone else, therapists, school counselors, etc);
  4. Provide legal advice over the phone, via social media, or by email; or
  5. Place clients with attorneys for full representation.
  1. The Ohio Justice Bus does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our clients, volunteers, staff, and partners.
  2. While we do not have a strict income guideline, we provide services to low-income and underserved Ohioans.
  1. Please check our calendar to see if there is a brief advice clinic near you that covers the topic you need assistance with.
  2. If we will not be holding a clinic near you prior to when you need assistance, please visit This website covers a variety of topics and may guide you to more information about your legal question.
  3. If you would like an attorney to represent you with your legal needs, please look at the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer Referral Service list. This will provide you a list of organizations to call and can help you find an appropriate attorney:

We are always open to discussing potential partnerships. Please email us at with some information about your organization.

  1. Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering! Please click here to sign up.
  2. If you are interested in volunteering for a specific clinic, please indicate that when you sign up.
  1. To learn more about how pro bono works in Ohio, please visit
  2. Attorneys can receive CLE credit for pro bono volunteering. For more information, please visit

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