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Rural Law Center of New York, Inc.

Who We Are

The Rural Law Center of New York, Inc. is a not-for-profit legal assistance program committed to focusing attention through the legal system on the needs of low-income rural New Yorkers.  Within its mission, the Rural Law Center is dedicated to:

  • Providing direct legal services for systemic issues in New York's 44 rural counties.
  • Increasing access to justice for youth and seniors.
  • Promoting attorney pro bono services in rural regions.
  • Undertaking educational programs for individuals and service providers.
  • Offering accredited trainings for rural attorneys.
  • Acting as a facilitator in rural coalition building. Working on policy-based advocacy to influence rural impact legislation.


Office Locations:

Clinton County
22 U.S. Oval, Suite 203
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Phone (518) 324-5144

Essex County
Town of North Elba-Town Hall
2693 Main Street, Suite 204
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone (518) 523-0102

Hamilton County
22 U.S. Oval, Suite 203
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Phone: (518) 561-5460

How to Get Help

At this time, the Rural Law Center is offering remote services, checking messages hourly Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm and returning calls. Call (518) 561-5460, (866) 324-1183, or use the online intake form:

Who We Serve

  • Allegany County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Cayuga County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Chemung County
  • Chenango County
  • Clinton County
  • Columbia County
  • Cortland County
  • Delaware County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Fulton County
  • Genesee County
  • Greene County
  • Hamilton County
  • Herkimer County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Livingston County
  • Madison County
  • Montgomery County
  • Ontario County
  • Orleans County
  • Oswego County
  • Otsego County
  • Putnam County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saint Lawrence County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Schoharie County
  • Schuyler County
  • Seneca County
  • Steuben County
  • Sullivan County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County
  • Ulster County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Wayne County
  • Wyoming County
  • Yates County
Language(s) Spoken
  • French / Français
  • Spanish / Español
Circumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

Akwesasne Mohawk (also spoken in house), Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.

Income Guidelines

Income guidelines do not apply with Domestic Violence situations

Your family's income should be at or below the following percentage of the federal poverty level
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Eligibility Restrictions

This program does not serve prisoners.

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Pro Se Legal Clinic
  • Self-Help Materials
Description of Services

Full representation may be available in cases that appear to have a systemic rural impact.
Legal Resource Guides & Community Legal Education

Emergency Instructions

An emergency is Domestic Violence. For a legal emergency, please call 1-518-561-5460 or 1-866-324-1183.

General Contact Information

Rural Law Center of New York, Inc.
22 U.S. Oval (map)
Suite 203
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Toll Free
Last Review and Update: Apr 20, 2020

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