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Affordable legal services is no longer a contradiction

Open Legal Services (now closed) was Utah’s first nonprofit law firm for clients who earn too much to qualify for free/pro-bono legal services, but also earn too little to afford a traditional private attorney. We helped bridge the justice gap by providing affordable legal services to low and moderate income people. Such discounted services for clients with modest means are often called “low bono” legal services. For 5 years, we operated serving 6 different counties and thousands of clients who would otherwise go without representation. We ceased operation in 2018 and formally dissolved in 2019. We are very proud to have helped dozens of lawyers follow in our footsteps and create their own nonprofit law firms nationwide. This site is intended to be a resource for those lawyers, and anyone inspired to replicate what we called “The Next Grand Experiment.”

  • One third of Utah residents qualified for Open Legal Services
  • We charged between $75-145 per hour, depending on income and family size
  • We also provided one-hour consultations for $75
  • We served the following practice areas:

Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Protective orders

Private Guardian Ad Litem Services

Criminal Defense

  • Third degree felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Infractions
  • Expungements
  • Appeals


USMap showing OLS location

Open Legal Services was a 501(c)(3) public charity located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It formally dissolved in 2019.
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Last modified: June 22nd, 2020 by admin