Legal Services Corporation Act Law and Legal Definition

The Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974 is a federal law enacted to provide quality legal help in the civil justice arena to people otherwise unable to afford it.

A Legal Services Corporation (LSC) works to deliver liberty and justice for all. It is a private, not-for-profit entity that helps poor Americans gain equal access to the judicial system. It doesn't provide legal services directly, but instead grants funds to independent local programs throughout the country. It makes grants to about 140 programs and is the nation's single-largest funder of civil legal aid for the poor.

The purpose of the act was to:

a. provide equal access to the system of equal justice in our Nation for individuals who seek redress of grievances;

b. provide high quality legal assistance to those who would be other wise unable to afford adequate legal counsel and to continue the present vital legal services program; and

c. provide legal assistance to those who face an economic barrier to adequate legal counsel will serve best the ends of justice.