Essex Newark Legal Services
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Essex-Newark Legal Services (ENLS) is a private non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance in civil matters to very low income residents of Essex County, New Jersey. ENLS' service area consists of the whole of Essex County which includes the cities of Newark, East Orange, Orange and Irvington.

About Us

ENLS's mission is to provide access to justice to the low-income community by delivering effective legal assistance on the most critical issues affecting Essex-County's low income residents and in a manner that advances client and community empowerment. Since 1966, ENLS has been the principal source for low-income families and individuals in Essex County in need of legal assistance on civil law matters.

To carry out its mission, ENLS is divided into substantive law units, each staffed with specialists. The units are Housing-Income Maintenance, Health, SSI Disability Law, Consumer, Elder and Family Law Unit.

Located in downtown Newark, ENLS is accessible by most mass transit routes. Its offices are handicap accessible. ENLS's staff includes French Creole, Portuguese and Spanish language speakers.

Can ENLS Help Me?

ENLS can help you if:

  • You have a civil (non-criminal) legal problem within our Programs Priorities. See Our Work.
  • You live in Essex County.
  • Your income and assets fall within ENLS eligibility guidelines.
We do not provide assistance in the following type of cases:
  • Criminal matters, auto accidents, personal injury, traffic tickets, business matters and workers compensation cases.

If we cannot provide you with legal assistance, we will try to inform you of agencies where you may be able to receive the help you need.

To Find Out More:

  • Visit Our Work to see the types of legal matters we handle.
  • To find our office and how to apply see Contact Us.
  • If you want to donate your time see Volunteers.
  • Visit Community Legal Education to find out more about legal education seminars for your community group.


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