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The Legal Assistance for Women program (LAW) provides women who have legal issues a consultation with an attorney for a nominal fee of $12 (inquire about fee reduction). One-time, individual consultations are confidential and tailored to suit your special needs. All appointments are scheduled in advance. Our virtual or onsite consultations deal with family law only, but telephone consultations can be arranged to address elder law concerns. Call the NCJW/Essex Center for Women for more information.

Scheduling a Consultation

The primary purpose of a LAW consultation is to provide direction as to how to access the legal system. More specifically, an attorney may answer questions about:

  • The law as it applies to your situation.
  • The validity of your particular problem.
  • Whether or not it would be advisable for you to retain counsel and/or where to go if you cannot afford an attorney.

Your visit with an attorney should be viewed as an initial step toward addressing your concerns. This ONE-TIME ONLY consultation may not be able to provide you with a resolution to your particular problem.  All LAW appointments are $12.00.  

LAW provides clients with a confidential 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney to determine how to approach a legal concern. Appointments must be scheduled in advance.  LAW is a service that affords you client confidentiality. Only you, the client, can be admitted to the building and to the NCJW/Essex Center for Women at the time of your appointment. No children or adults will be admitted along with you, unless they are serving as a translator or facilitator of information relating to your case.

Click here for an application to request a LAW Consultation and please submit your form to  In order for your application to be processed, please remit your $12.00 fee so we can schedule your appointment. You can make your payment via credit card over the phone by calling 973.740.0588, or, you can make your payment online by clicking here for our Center for Women gifts page and change the amount field to $12.00.  Lastly, you can mail a check to NCJW/Essex using the address listed below. Please make checks out to NCJW/Essex with “CFW LAW” in the memo line.  You may also request a copy of the application be mailed to you by calling 973.994.4994. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment after your application and payment is received.


This fee, which is non-refundable and non-transferable, is to reserve a one-half hour consultation. It is a ONE TIME ONLY consultation. Upon receipt of your application, we will call you to schedule your appointment.


Attorneys: To volunteer to work with our clients, please contact NCJW/Essex Center for Women, 973.994.4994.
A LAW Assistant is the volunteer representative of the NCJW/Essex Center for Women who greets clients and the volunteer attorneys when they meet virtually or in person for their 30-minute individual consultations. This is an evening volunteer position. You will be scheduled to volunteer on specific Tuesdays from 6:15-8:45 pm. On-the-job training for this position should take one or two sessions and is done with an experienced LAW Assistant.

To volunteer, please mail us at:

“I want to make a difference in my community by volunteering, leading, organizing, contributing. Where else can I do so much and have so much fun? NCJW/Essex suits me perfectly.”