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Emory LGBTQ Legal Services

Emory LGBTQ Legal Services (ELLS) exists to provide much-needed legal assistance to LGBTQ individuals in the Atlanta area.


Despite the community of LGBTQ individuals and organizations in Atlanta, there is not a robust-enough network of LGBTQ-focused legal services in the area. ELLS will do its part to answer the regional need for services by connecting pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students with low-income LGBTQ clients who have legal needs that are not currently being addressed.

Providing LGBTQ legal services answers Emory President Claire E. Sterk's call for Emory to build a more inclusive community and engage more fully with the city of Atlanta. ELLS represents the first university-sponsored legal effort devoted to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in the region. Participating law students do not receive academic credit, but do receive pro bono credit toward Emory’s pro bono recognition program.