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Legal Self-Help Options

Self-Help Centers
Operated by volunteer lawyers.  Legal information, assistance with forms, and brief legal advice is provided.  The centers do not offer assistance with criminal cases and questions are not taken by phone. Centers are coordinated by the Nebraska State Bar Association Director of Legal Services.  Self Help Centers are open when the court is open and when volunteers are available. Visitors are served on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. Due to the demand for services, you should arrive at least one hour before closing if you want assistance that day. Hours and services are posted at each location.

  • Buffalo County: First Friday of the month 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Buffalo County Courthouse at 1512 Central Avenue in Kearney, across from the Clerk of the District Court office.

  • Douglas County: Mondays, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Douglas County Courthouse at 17th & Farnam Street in Omaha, across the hall from the Douglas County Law Library, Harney Street level.

  • Hall County: Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Hall County Courthouse at 111 West First Street in Grand Island, the lower level across from Courtroom #3.

  • Lancaster County: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
    Lancaster County Courthouse at 575 South 10th Street in Lincoln, Third Floor Jury Room area, rear door to the office of the Clerk of the District Court.

  • Madison County: Third Friday of the month 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Madison County Courthouse at 313 North Main Street in Madison; check in with the Clerk of the District Court office (first office at the courthouse entrance).

  • Scotts Bluff County: First and Third Thursday of the month 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Scotts Bluff County Courthouse at 1725 10th Street in Scottsbluff, basement level.


Low-Income Legal Services

Legal Aid of Nebraska
Provides free civil legal services for low-income people. Offices are located in Lincoln, Omaha, Bancroft,Grand Island, Lexington, Norfolk, North Platte and Scottsbluff.  Call the AccessLine® to see if you qualify for assistance. You cannot apply online. To complete an application, call:
  • 402.348.1069 in the Douglas Co. area
  • 1.877.250.2016 if you live outside the Douglas Co. area
  • 1.800.527.7249 if you are 60 and over
  • 1.800.729.9908 if you are Native American

Legal Aid of Nebraska's Access to Justice (A2J) Center
Self-Help Center in Douglas County where low-income people can access legal resources including computers, forms, and self-help clinics. 1904 Farnam Street, Omaha, Suite 1. Hours may vary. Call 402.348.1069, or toll-free 1.888.991.9921.

Self-Help Center in Lancaster County where low-income people can access legal resources including computers, forms, and self-help clinics.  Located in the Terminal Building, 941 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Nebraska State Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer's Project
Lawyer referral service 800.742.3005. In Lincoln call 402.475.7091.  Handles civil cases only. Works with private attorneys to place civil cases for free or low cost to low-income individuals. Because there are usually more requests for assistance than there are attorneys to accept cases, civil legal problems are ranked by priority, with the most urgent needs receiving attention first.

Lincoln Area Agency on Aging
Information and referral for Lancaster County residents 60+ years old. Phone 402.441.7070 or 800.247.0938.

Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law
Works with Legal Aid of Nebraska, Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Nebraska State Bar Association pamphlets
in English and Spanish on several topics.

Law School Legal Clinics

Creighton Law School Clinics
Call 402.280.3068. The Civil Law Clinic offers free legal assistance on civil matters to low-income residents of Douglas County, Nebraska. The Community Economic Development (CED) Law Clinic is committed to encouraging economic growth and stability within under-served communities in Nebraska.

University of Nebraska College of Law Civil Clinical Law Program
Call 402.472.3271. A limited number of cases are accepted by the UNL Civil Clinical Law Program. Clients are represented by students under the supervision of College of Law faculty.


Nebraska Supreme Court State Library
Offers access to legal resources including access to the internet to do legal research. Located in room 325 of the State Capitol Building in Lincoln. Call 402.471.3189.

Public Libraries
Your local public library may have some resources and public access to computers and the internet. To find your local library you can visit Public at

Lincoln City Libraries
Legal Information Reference Center (must have library card): database of legal forms, plus other legal sites.

Nebraska Library Commission Ask A Librarian


University Law Libraries

University of Nebraska College of Law -- Schmid Law Library
The UNL College of Law Library is located on the east campus of UNL. The Law library has one public access computer for members of the public to conduct legal research. The general telephone number for the law school is 402.472.2161. The library is open to the public and reference librarians are available 8-5. Expect to spend several hours there; the library has a large diverse collection of Nebraska materials.

Creighton University Law School Library
The Creighton Law School Library has public access computers available for legal research. Reference assistance is also available. The general library telephone number is 402.280-2875. The Law Library is open to the general public with legal research needs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday while school is in session. Hours may vary during breaks and over the summer. It is located in Omaha on the corner of 21st and Cass Streets on the second floor of the Ahmanson Law Center.

Referral Services

Referrals to private attorneys are available. Private attorneys may charge for their services.

Nebraska State Bar Association Lawyer Referral (Find-A-Lawyer)
The Lawyer Referral Service is provided by the NSBA for individuals who need a lawyer licensed to practice in the State of Nebraska and are not familiar with the legal community. In Lincoln call 402.475.7091; Outside Lincoln call toll-free at 1.800.742.3005.

Omaha Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
The service refers callers to private practicing attorneys in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Call 402.280.3603.


Mediation Centers

Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR)
The ODR in the Administrative Office of the Courts oversees the development of dispute resolution and collaborative problem solving programs in Nebraska. Services are available in centers in Kearney, Omaha, Lincoln, Scottsbluff, Fremont and Beatrice.

Local Court Clerks

District Court Clerks

Clerk Magistrates (County Courts)

Web Resources for Self-Help

Working with Pro Se Litigants: A manual for Nebraska Court Employees

Nebraska Judicial Branch self-help web site

Citizen's Guide to Nebraska Courts (an Overview of the Nebraska Court System)

Legal Terms Glossary


Internet Payment System

Court Case Online Search

Law/Legal pages in NebraskAccess
Legal Aid resources

Nebraska legal forms on the web

Nebraska statutes and regulations online

Current set of statutes to have in your library

Municipal codes online

Resources for Some Specific Subjects

Liens against a business or property

Concealed Weapons in Nebraska
Also search for Concealed Handgun Permit Act  (but don't offer to interpret for them)

Landlord/Tenant Rights

Living wills/durable power of attorney (Bar Association pamphlet)

City ordinances on noxious weed, junk cars, barking dogs, etc.

How do I appeal my case? Citizen's Guide to the Nebraska Appellate Courts

Court cases

Setting up trusts (Bar Association pamphlet)