Clinical Programs - LGBT Clinic

For Potential Clients

The Cornell Law School Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic provides free legal assistance to low-income LGBT people in Tompkins County and the surrounding area. To be eligible for our services, you must:

  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
  • Be unable to afford a lawyer to help you
  • Reside in one of these New York Counties: Tompkins County, Cayuga County, Onondaga County, Cortland County, Broome County, Tioga County, Chemung County, Schuyler County, or Seneca County.

The LGBT Clinic assists clients with the following kinds of cases:

  • Anti-gay or anti-transgender discrimination in employment and public places
  • Legal name changes and obtaining identity documents with the correct gender on them
  • Family law issues including second-parent adoption, domestic violence, and divorce
  • Wills, powers of attorney, and other advance planning documents
  • LGBT students' rights at school
  • Immigration, including asylum based on sexual orientation or gender identity and assistance for bi-national couples

If you would like more information or to request assistance, please call our office at (607) 255-4196 or email

Please note that due to limited resources we can only take on new cases at certain times during the year.If our intake is closed or we are unable to assist you, we will refer you to another organization that may be able to help.