Get Legal Aid Today

Central Minnesota Legal Services provides free legal help to low-income individuals and families to assist with civil legal issues.

COVID-19 - Important updates. See our News posts and Other Resources page for details and information.

CMLS Minneapolis office has moved! Our new address is 111 North 5th Street, Suite 402, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Get Legal Help

What We Do

CMLS helps low-income individuals and families get the legal help they need within a 21-county service area throughout central Minnesota. CMLS serves its clients from offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Willmar.

More About Us


CMLS operates a robust Volunteer Attorney Program from its offices in St. Cloud and Willmar. We connect local attorneys with eligible clients to provide assistance on civil matters. If you’re a licensed attorney looking to get involved, contact us today!

Volunteer Attorney Program

Give Back

There are many ways to give back to CMLS. There are volunteer opportunities available for non-attorneys to help assist our clients and staff. You can also donate to CMLS to help support our work.

Ways to Help

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 10

Isanti County Legal Advice Clinic

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cambridge, MN

Tuesday, August 11

Stearns County Legal Advice Clinic

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

St. Cloud, MN

Wednesday, August 12

Sherburne County Legal Advice Clinic

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Elk River, MN

See All Events


Central Minnesota Legal Services Stands for Racial Justice, Inclusion and Fairness in the Justice System

Our hearts are heavy due to the tragic murder of George Floyd and the outpouring of grief, anger and despair within our local community. We recognize the great pain that Learn more...

Self-Help Center FAQs for Hennepin County Family Court

For providers of legal services and self-represented parties. See the attached document for answers to some general questions about how to access Self-Help for Family Court in Hennepin County and Learn more...

Economic Impact Payment IRS Resources

As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the CARES Act directs the IRS to issue Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to eligible individuals, married couples, and families with children. The American Learn more...

See All News
Back to Top

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Emergency Exit