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Legal Assistance


How to contact us:
If you need legal assistance call: 617-552-0248 and ask to speak with our Intake Worker.

Our office is located at:

Boston College Legal Services LAB

Boston College Law School

885 Centre St.

Newton, MA 02459


The office is accessible to people with disabilities. If necessary, home visits are available.

Who we are:
The Boston College LAB is a legal services office and a training site for Boston College law students. Cases are handled by law students who are supervised by staff attorneys.

The program is funded by Boston College Law School and through grants from Greater Boston Legal Services and Springwell Corporation.

Who we help:
Our services are free for low income residents of Waltham, Watertown and Newton. Services for small businesses and entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and first-time home buyers are free for eligible clients in greater Boston.

Low income elders may qualify for full legal representation in some civil cases.

Kinds of cases we handle:

  • Public Benefits (Social Security Disability, Department of Transitional Assistance Benefits, Mass Health)
  • Housing 
  • Domestic Violence, Paternity, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Visitation 
  • Unemployment Compensation 
  • Elder Related Issues
  • Small Business, Nonprofit, and Real Estate Matters through the Community Enterprise Clinic

Kinds of cases we do not handle:
LAB does not handle criminal cases.

Where can I go if LAB cannot assist me?
There are many organizations that provide different kinds of legal services in the Boston metropolitan area. Please visit our links page for more information.