Legal matters can be complex for many people. However, engaging a lawyer for preliminary legal advice can be costly and prohibitive to many.
Thus, legal clinics might be an ideal solution if you are looking for legal advice from qualified professionals, so they can make more informed decisions, including deciding to engage a lawyer, or skip legal proceedings.
Here are 5 legal clinics that provide pro-bono legal clinic services for free as a service to the community.
#1 Community Legal Clinics at Community Development Councils
Initiated by the Law Society Pro Bono Services, their Community Legal Clinics are opened to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents living in Singapore, have never sought legal advice before, and/or unable afford a lawyer.
However, do note that these clinics provide advice on personal matters, and matters pertaining to investment, business and professional matters are excluded.
These clinics run Mondays to Thursdays (excluding public holidays and eve of public holidays), and clients are able to seek legal advice with a lawyer on a one-to-one basis for 20 minutes. Prior appointment is required, and there is a waitlist of around 2 to 3 weeks.
There are four legal clinics located at the following locations:
- North West District: Woodlands Civic Centre
- South East District: Wisma Geylang Serai
- South West District: The JTC Summit
- Central Singapore District: Toa Payoh HDB Hub
To make an appointment, you can call 6536 0656 or e-mail. You should also bring all relevant documents, such as copies of contracts, agreement and correspondences, as well as copies of write served and police reports.
#2 SMU Pro Bono Centre Legal Clinic
Administered by the Pro Bono Centre of the Singapore Management University (SMU), the SMU Pro Bono Centre Legal Clinic is managed with the help of volunteer lawyers and SMW Law students.
Located at SMU’s School of Law, the Legal Clinic operates free-of-charge every Friday evening, except on Public Holidays and during the months of April and November.
To be eligible for SMU’s Legal Clinic service, the client must have not sought any legal advice on matters prior, and must be from low income or disadvantaged group or families. In addition, SMU’s Legal Clinic is unable to advise on matters pertaining to business, corporate or investment matter
Registration is required prior to an appointment. To register, you can call their hotline at 6828 1951 or e-mail them.
You will be required to share basic information at the point of registration, such as your personal details, court dates and deadlines, name of adverse party and factual background of the issue. You will also be required to bring all supporting documents along during your appointment.
#3 AWARE (For Women Only)
As a non-governmental organisation advocating for gender equality in Singapore, the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) provides advisory services to women, and this includes legal consultation.
AWARE offers free legal clinic services for women with issues relating to family law, family violence, Sharia Law and other personal issues. Sessions are conducted at their Centre located at Dover Crescent, and each consultation lasts 20 to 30 minutes.
To make an appointment for a consultation, you can call the AWARE hotline at 1800-777-5555, from Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm.
#4 Jamiyah Legal Clinic
Managed by a panel of volunteer lawyers of Jamiyah Singapore, Jamiyah Legal Clinic provides legal advice and counselling to clients of all races on matters relating to family disputes, matrimonial and division of property.
The legal clinic also provides free advice in matters relating to Sharia Law, through its special panel of Muslim lawyers.
Consultations are strictly by appointment, and your eligibility to access its free legal services is determined when you call the hotline for appointment. You may call the hotline at 67421211, extension 123, to make an appointment.
Applicants must attend the session in-person.
#5 NTUC LawWorks (For Union Members Only)
A partnership between the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and The Law Society of Singapore, LawWorks aims to educate members on legal rights in Singapore.
Under the partnership, the legal clinics provide NTUC members with advice on legal issues related to personal matters, such as wills and matrimonial matters. However, business and commercial matters, as well as issues related to employment, are excluded. Each consultation lasts for 20 minutes, and only oral advice will be given.
To be eligible for LawWorks Legal Clinic, the client must be a NTUC member, and must not sought advice from a lawyer on the same metter previously, and the issue should not be related to employment.
In addition, there will be no drafting or vetting of documents and letters provided at the session, and the client is unable to have a second appointment on the same matter.
The legal clinics are held once a month at NTUC Centre with limited slots per session. As such, registration is required via e-mail at or hotline at 8444 6209.