Our Services

The Legal Services Center assists over 1,000 clients each year with civil legal problems in a variety of substantive areas of law. The Center’s legal advocacy is organized into the following practice areas:

The Safety Net Project (Formerly Disability Litigation & Benefits Advocacy Unit)


The Safety Net Project provides low cost or free legal assistance to injured and/or disabled clients, including veterans, seeking to prove eligibility for disability related benefits, chiefly Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI, but also other state and federal income and insurance programs, and private disability insurance.

Estate Planning               

The Estate Planning Project represents clients in a wide variety of matters to help protect individual autonomy and decision-making when a client faces illness, chronic disability, or death.  We draft wills, health care proxies, funeral planning directives, living wills/medical directives, and special needs trusts; we establish and defend against guardianships and conservatorships; and we assist in matters involving VA Fiduciary appointments.  The estate planning practice now focuses exclusively on meeting the needs of veterans.

Family Justice Clinic

The Family Justice Clinic provides direct legal representation to clients in the matters of divorce, custody and parenting, abuse prevention, paternity, child support, and guardianship.  In particular, the clinic partners with a local hospital to provide holistic legal services and support to survivors of domestic violence.

Tax Litigation Clinic

The Tax Litigation Clinic provides free legal representation to clients in tax controversies with the IRS.  The Unit works on a wide variety of matters, including family tax issues (e.g., earned income tax credit, child tax credit, and dependency exemptions), tax debt/collection cases (offers in compromise and installment payment agreements), injured and innocent spouse claims, and audit reconsiderations.  Our work on behalf of taxpayers involves, among other things, requesting audit reconsideration, representing clients at IRS Appeals conferences, drafting and submitting advocacy letters to IRS Appeals, preparing and submitting innocent and injured spouse claims and offers in compromise, and representing clients before the U.S. Tax Court.

LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

The LGBTQ+ Advocacy Unit engages in impact litigation, policy advocacy, and direct representation on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, with a particular focus on issues affecting underrepresented groups within the LGBTQ+ umbrella. The Unit works with community members, advocates, non-profit organizations, educators, medical professionals, and governmental entities to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ people at both the national and local levels.

Housing Law Clinic

As part of a broad coalition of legal services providers and community organizers, The Housing Law Clinic represents Boston tenants and foreclosed upon owners who are facing eviction. The work is done as part of a movement to effect change in the community and the bulk of the clinic’s work consists of litigation in the Boston Housing Court. Students defend evictions and prosecute affirmative cases to improve housing conditions, fight housing discrimination and prevent utilities terminations.

Consumer Protection Clinic

Contact_Page_12.19.13LSC161The Consumer Protection Unit provides direct legal representation to clients in the following areas: defending lawsuits brought by buyers of credit card and other debt;, preventing the garnishment of wages for debts, suing on behalf of individuals who have faced unfair debt collection or consumer scams; representing consumers seeking a fresh start through bankruptcy, defending homeowners against foreclosure.

Veterans Law Clinic

The Veterans Law Unit provides free legal assistance to eligible veterans and their families across a number of practice areas of critical importance.  We represent clients in appeals at all levels regarding access to federal veterans’ benefits (including Service-Connected Disability Compensation Benefits, VA Pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Benefits, and VA healthcare) and Massachusetts Veterans’ Services Benefits (Chapter 115 benefits), in discharge upgrade and correction of military records matters, and in estate planning matters.


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