Mission and Programs

MISSION: LegalCORPS assists small businesses and nonprofits, especially those that strengthen Minnesota’s low-income communities, by providing individuals and organizations with business law services they could not otherwise afford.  It seeks to provide quality pro bono legal services to increasing numbers of clients throughout Minnesota, so they can focus their time and resources on pursuing their objectives.

PROGRAMS: LegalCORPS delivers free business law assistance exclusively through the services of volunteer attorneys.  Here are the basic ways in which LegalCORPS delivers that assistance:

  • Brief advice: LegalCORPS conducts a number of regularly scheduled free brief-advice business law clinics, at which participants can receive up to 30 minutes of consultation on their business law issues.  Some clinics are conducted in person; some are conducted via video conference.  If circumstances prevent people from attending in-person or video conference clinics, LegalCORPS can try to arrange a brief-advice session by phone.
  • Full-representation assistance:  For individual business owners and for nonprofit organizations that meet its guidelines for eligibility, LegalCORPS can recruit attorneys to provide free legal assistance for their non-litigation business law matters.   The attorney-client relationship for full-representation assistance is the same as it would be for a fee-paying arrangement.
  • Public Presentations:  Volunteer attorneys often make free public presentations, sponsored by LegalCORPS, on business law topics.

See appropriate sections of this web site for information about how to get access to free legal assistance in particular programs.