Legal Advice Clinic

Do you have unanswered legal questions? Do you find yourself with a legal situation and need some help?
If so, please join Mission Waco Legal Services, Baylor Law Students, and local attorneys for the First Monday Legal Advice Clinic.

First Monday Legal Advice Clinic
Once a Month, Mondays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Appointments:
We will provide 20-30 minute consultations on a first-come, first-served basis.
The last consultations will begin at 8:00 pm.
Walk-ins are welcome but making an appointment is strongly recommended.
To Sign up:
Please call 254-296-9866, ext. 212 or email legalservices@missionwaco.org,
and we will schedule you a time-specific appointment for the clinic.
Location:
Mission Waco Meyer Center
1226 Washington Ave.
Waco, TX 76701

NOTE: Applicants will not qualify for services, unless extenuating circumstances, if their household income is above 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. For example, the cutoff for a family of 4 is $47,100 in yearly household income.

 

Why a Clinic?

Education, Engagement, Empowerment

Close to 85% of McLennnan County households are not being adequately served by the justice system.  85%!  It seems overwhelming, and it is in many ways, but it is not a situation without solutions when our community comes together to provide problem-solving collaborative efforts to confront and overcome.  Thus, together with the support and help of Baylor Law School, local lawyers and other community members, and other community-based organizations, we offer our Legal Advice Clinics, and we are developing plans for community-based Legal Empowerment Programs that will be offered through Waco ISD programs and other community-based organizations.  The underlying principle of these programs is that an educated citizen is an empowered citizen and an empowered citizen is an engaged citizen.

Knowing and understanding our rights and responsibilities before the law will allow for our entire community to more fully seek justice and work together so that all people in our community have access to the legal system.  Low and moderate income individuals and families need access to attorneys (who they normally can’t afford) who will provide competent and efficient legal advice and counsel, sometimes leading to further representation and sometimes finding success through coaching an individual to take care of matters him/herself.   Either way, the Legal Advice Clinic and Legal Education Programs are crucial pieces of a solution to the overwhelming problem of lack of access to the justice system that plagues our low and moderate income households.  Let us know if you want to get involved — We need all of you, not just “experts in the law”!