State Websites ( type in your state for the links below)
Directory of legal information and South Carolina court-approved forms, with interviews to help you complete them. You can also apply for free legal assistance from its home page.
Classrooms are offered by SC Legal Services in several subject areas to help you represent yourself in court. Subject areas include Debt Collection Defense, The ABC’s of Guardianship, Unemployment Benefits Appeals, Filing for an Order of Protection, and Getting Your Landlord to Make Repairs. The Online Classrooms include instructions, videos, and forms.
Brochures, manuals, articles, and training information for various legal topics.
Information on free legal clinics, legal assistance, and publications on various legal topics.
Information and resources (including some videos) on common legal topics including automobile issues; bankruptcy; benefits; children and family law; consumer, credit & business law; criminal law; end of life issues; landlords, tenants & leases; and lawyers, legal assistance and the courts.
Schedule for the S.C. Bar’s seven-week Law School for non-lawyers course. The course covers a variety of general legal subjects.
Information on South Carolina courts along with links to self-help videos, free legal clinics, court approved forms, and free legal research resources on the web.
Guide to resources on self-representation, including information on the courts, self-help centers and technology.
- U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina: Information on Representing Yourself in a Civil Action
Instructions on how to prepare, file, and serve documents to initiate a civil action in a South Carolina federal court.
* See Court Rules & Forms below.
Free Legal Clinics
Schedule and location of S.C. Bar sponsored clinics on topics such as landlord/tenant, estate, family, and Magistrate Court issues.
Calendar of S.C. Legal Services clinics covering topics such as divorce, foreclosures, bankruptcy, and expungements.
Court Rules & Forms
From this website, you can access interviews to help you complete child support modification, simple divorce, order of protection, ID theft, and visitation forms.
Instructions and forms for representing yourself in a SC Magistrate’s Court.
Current SC trial, appellate, and evidence rules along with a link for rule changes submitted to the SC General Assembly.
Links to federal and local rules and forms. Forms include non-prisoner forms, prisoner forms, and habeas corpus forms.
Rules, forms, and other resources to help with filing bankruptcy.
Court rules and forms for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Legal Services/Find a Lawyer
Free civil legal services for low-income residents of South Carolina. Eligibility for assistance depends on income and type of legal problem.
Directory for legal help in South Carolina by service area and by legal issue.
SC lawyers offer their services for free (pro bono) to clients who cannot afford to pay for assistance with legal issues such as family, housing, bankruptcy, or probate civil legal matters.
SC volunteer lawyers answer legal questions through televised phone banks and Web chats.
ABA sponsored program that allows qualified clients to post legal questions to their private messaging system where volunteer lawyers answer legal questions for free.
The Veteran and Armed Forces Legal Out-Reach (V.A.L.O.R.) program is a collaboration between the SC Attorney General’s Office, SC Bar and SC Military Department to coordinate existing legal resources and to help fill-in the gaps for military personnel and veterans who need legal assistance. It offers free legal clinics and connects veterans and members of the military with with free or discounted legal help.
Resources include Consumer FAQs on topics such as Housing and Dealing with Debt, Wage Garnishment in SC, and a link to file a complaint.
Links to the laws the SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs enforces.
P&A accepts clients for individual representation based on its annual priorities and case selection criteria.
This is a site for criminal and civil background checks.
Learn what questions to ask when choosing a lawyer. And find organizations that give free legal advice and may help you find a free or low-cost attorney.
The Office of Legal Policy (OLP) is responsible for developing policy initiatives of high priority to the Department and the Administration.
Court Rules and guidance for filing an appeal with the United States Supreme Court.