The GSU Self-Help Legal Assistance Clinic (GSU-LC) will be closed on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

Welcome to Governors State University's Self-Help Legal Assistance Clinic!

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Who We Are

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The GSU Self-Help Legal Assistance Clinic (GSU-LC) provides free self-help legal assistance and non-legal resources to low-income Illinois residents using the court system without legal representation, understand and navigate the legal system. At the clinic, a team of attorneys, social workers, and volunteers work together under the supervision of a licensed attorney and social worker to increase access to legal services in underrepresented communities.

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What We Do

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Our team provides pro se and free legal assistance in the areas of family law, immigration, housing, and expungement. We assist with:

• Understanding legal rights and laws

• Filing depositions, settlement negotiations, and court appearances

• Reviewing and explaining court orders and filings

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Get Involved

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Learn about the ways you can get involved with GSU-LC and help support the Southland community.

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Upcoming Events

Expungement 101 Workshops

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Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: D34000, Governors State University, 1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484


Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Africa International House, 6200 S Drexel Ave., Chicago, IL 60637


Work with experienced legal professionals to remove convictions and arrests from your record.

  • • Educational workshop to gain a working knowledge of the expungement process.
  • • Explore and discuss how to expunge your own criminal record.
  • • Get acquainted with Illinois law on expungements.
  • • This workshop is a precursor to the Expungement Summit and is for Community, Students, Staff and Faculty.

For more information, please e-mail us at or call 708.235.7553.


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Governors State University, in collaboration with REFORM Alliance and LIVE FREE Illinois presents

Generating Hope: Social Justice Resource Fair

Date: Friday, October 20, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Provides the following ready-to-wear attire:

  • • Employers willing to hire people with records
  • • Free ready-to-wear interview and court attire available
  • • Know your rights, policies, and laws affecting justice in Illinois
  • • Healing and mental health information

Free Admission, parking, continental breakfast, and lunch

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Generating Hope Presents the Clothes Closet

September 27, 2023, 2:54 p.m. CDT

Donations Due Date: Friday, October 20, 2023
Location for Donations: G396
Closet Open Date: Friday, October 27, 2023

Provides the following ready-to-wear attire:

  • • Interview Attire
  • • Court Attire

For more information, please e-mail Dr. Phyllis West at

Dr. Phyllis West joined the WGN Evening News to talk about the services provided by the GSU Legal Clinic

July 18, 2023, 1:12 p.m. CDT

Contact Us

Have any questions? Call 708-235-7553 or send us an email at

Governors State University
1 University Pkwy
University Park, IL, 60484

Friday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*The GSU Self-Help Legal Assistance Clinic (GSU-LC) will be closed on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

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Phone: 708-235-7553

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Funded in part by the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.