Welcome To Rhode Island Legal Services

Rhode Island Legal Services provides high quality legal assistance and representation to low-income individuals and eligible client groups in Rhode Island for the purpose of improving their economic condition and overall wellbeing by protecting and enforcing legal rights, stabilizing the family unit and communities where clients live, promoting self reliance, ending domestic violence, preventing homelessness, affording dignity to all people, and reaching out to groups with added burdens on their ability to access the civil justice system.

Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.'s vision is for a fair, just and equitable legal system, which is accessible to all members of the community without discrimination and to eliminate barriers to justice through high quality legal services, education, and community partnerships. We envision a state where low-income people have access to services and resources to meet their basic needs and where all residents can vindicate their legal rights and be treated fairly throughout the civil justice system.

RILS Obtains Superior Court Reversal In Ground-Breaking Benefits Matter

RILS Litigation Director Steven S. Flores and Public Benefits attorney, Nora E. Salomon, recently won reversal of the Rhode Island Office of Health and Human Services' ("OHHS") decision to deny crucial benefits to a RILS client. The detailed Superior Court decision soundly rejects a longstanding OHHS interpretation of governing law, and creates a Superior Court split on this novel issue of statutory interpretation. The victory marks the end of a three-year struggle.

Read the full court decision HERE.

RILS/Sojourner House Outreach

Are you fleeing or homeless due to domestic or sexual violence and need housing options? Do you have housing questions for an attorney or need other legal referrals?

CLICK HERE for more information on Housing Clinics in the Central Falls and West Warwick areas.

McKee Administration Announces Expanded Legal Services Program for Housing Stability and Eviction Prevention

The Department of Housing has awarded a $3.1 million contract to Rhode Island Legal Services(RILS), a nonprofit law firm specializing in providing free services to low-income individuals and families with civil legal problems, to administer the new program. RILS, in partnership with subcontractors the Rhode Island Center for Justice, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, and HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, will provide housing-related legal services to tenants whose household income is no more than 80% Area Median Income.



Our mission is to provide legal representation to low-income people for the purpose of improving their economic and human condition by protecting and enforcing legal rights; stabilizing the family unit; promoting self reliance; reaching out to groups with added burdens on their access to the legal system and affording dignity to people. Please click the button below NOW to support this important work.


While completing the application does not mean that RILS will be able to help you, once the application is submitted, and if it appears that you may qualify for our services, you will be contacted to verify the information you have given us in the application and to determine if we can assist you with your particular legal problem.

Our Program Areas

Advocating For Our Clients

Our Providence Office

56 Pine Street

4th Floor

Providence 02903


Our Newport Office

50 Washington Square

Newport 02840


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