Public Interest Law Initiative



17 N. State Street, Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60602

Contact: Pat Wrona
Legal Director


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CARPLS (Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services) is a legal aid hotline that provides advice, information, and referrals to low-income residents of Cook County. Our mission is to increase access to the legal system for low-income people through our hotline work, as well as through Self-Help Projects, which include written and web-based pro se and client education materials, and our court-based advice desks, which prepare clients to represent themselves on pro se matters.

CARPLS’ services are provided by both staff attorneys and volunteers. We will train PILI Interns & Fellows in three substantive legal areas (consumer/bankruptcy, landlord/tenant and divorce law) and have the Fellows & Interns join our hotline staff in advising clients over the telephone under supervision. In addition, we will train the PILI Interns & Fellows to assist in staffing our Domestic Relations Advice Desk, our post judgment Collections Desk, and our Municipal Court Advice Desk. Fellows & Interns will also assist in researching and drafting self-help materials, drafting pleadings for pro se litigants, and assisting with special projects and other research projects.

This agency is approved to host Law Student Interns during the 2016 fall and 2017 spring semesters and during the summer of 2017. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.


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