Our Work and Mission
Vermont Legal Aid is a non-profit 501(c)(3) law firm established in 1968. We have a staff of 90 who are organized into 11 broad legal projects.
Vermont Legal Aid advocates on behalf of vulnerable Vermonters. Our goal is to addresses systemic and institutional problems that impact their lives.
We provide civil (not criminal) legal services for Vermonters, including those living in poverty, with a disability, or over age 60. We also serve anyone who is discriminated against in housing decisions. We also help all who face challenges related to health care insurance or services, and people who need relief from abuse.
Our services are free. Learn how to ask us for legal help.
Last year we represented 6,222 Vermonters. See our statistics and learn about our impact.
We strive to:
- advance fairness and justice in the civil legal system
- address the social and economic interests of our clients, and
- confront the underlying causes of poverty, discrimination and inequality.
Working together for justice
We work closely with our partner agency, Legal Services Vermont, which manages requests for legal help for both organizations. If we can help, clients are referred to either Vermont Legal Aid or Legal Services Vermont. Clients are also referred to other programs.
Together we maintain VTLawHelp.org, a legal help website. It provides practical tools and legal information. VTLawHelp.org also provides access to our services.