Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC)

What is FLAC?

The Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) is an independent voluntary organisation that offers free basic legal advice.

The main functions of FLAC are to:

  • Provide free basic advice and information to people with legal queries
  • Promote equal access to justice through advocacy campaigns
  • Conduct research in priority areas of law in the name of the public interest

FLAC does not offer a representation service and cannot assist you with finding legal representation. The Law Society has information on how to find a solicitor.

FLAC does not provide legal aid which is administered by a separate body, the Legal Aid Board.

How can I get free legal advice?

FLAC offers a telephone information and referral line Monday to Friday. The phone line is free of charge.

FLAC cannot provide legal information or advice via email or post.

You can find a list of guides containing legal information on the FLAC website.

FLAC Phone Advice Clinics

FLAC also offer free legal advice phone clinics on a limited basis, in conjunction with Citizens Information Services (CIS). The volunteers who answer the phones are qualified to practice law in Ireland.

This is a free confidential service that may provide:

  • First stop assistance
  • Basic legal information
  • Advice, such as the next steps you need to take
  • A referral to another appropriate service

If you already have legal representation, the FLAC Phone Advice Clinic cannot give you a second opinion on your legal issue.

You can make an appointment by contacting your local Citizens Information Centre (CIC). You can learn more about these clinics on the FLAC website.

Can I volunteer to work at FLAC?

It is usually necessary to be fully qualified to practice law in Ireland to volunteer with FLAC. FLAC posts volunteer opportunities on their website as they arise.


Free Legal Advice Centre

85/86 Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1
D01 P9Y3

Opening Hours: Lines open 9:30am – 1pm
Tel: +353 (0)1 906 1010
Page edited: 16 January 2023