Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

An agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia


Virginia State Bar

Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

Finding a Lawyer Using VLRS

Call (804) 775-0808 (metro Richmond)
or (800) 552-7977 (Statewide and Nationwide Toll-Free Number)

How Lawyer Referral Works

If you think you have a problem (or matter) that may require the services of a lawyer, call the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service. Your call will be answered by a referral specialist who will request your name, address, phone number, and a brief description of your problem. Please be aware that the referral specialists are not lawyers, and are unable to answer legal questions or to provide any form of legal advice. If it is determined that you would benefit from discussing your matter with a lawyer, you will be referred to a private lawyer. You will be given the name and telephone number of a lawyer in the city or county in Virginia you requested who has an interest in handling your type of legal issue. The lawyer will be licensed and a member in good standing with the Virginia State Bar. You will then be instructed to call the lawyer to schedule an up to 30-minute consultation. Any information that you provide will be strictly confidential.


Initial and Follow-Up Cost

If you are referred to a lawyer, you will be entitled to consult with him or her for up to one-half hour for a prepaid fee of $35. You will pay the initial consult fee by VISA or MasterCard at the time of referral. Mail-in pre-payment by money order is also accepted. The initial consultation may answer your questions and enable you to solve your problem. If your problem requires additional time and work, you will be responsible for any additional legal fees. The lawyer you consult with will be glad to discuss his or her fees and the cost of services beyond the initial consultation. However, there is no obligation for either you or the lawyer to go beyond the initial consultation. Please note the VLRS does not offer free or pro bono legal assistance. The referred private lawyer will charge for any and all additional services.  Please refer to the bar's Pro Bono / Access to Legal Services page for pro bono resources.

When you call the VLRS, it may be determined that you do not need the assistance of a lawyer and the referral specialist may suggest other appropriate government or social service agencies to help resolve your problem.

The Supreme Court of Virginia also maintains a website that assists people who need information on representing themselves in court. That website may be found here.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on state and federal holidays. The VLRS is a telephone-only service; it is not equipped to handle walk-in customers.

Learn more about VLRS by reading the Frequently Asked Questions.


The VLRS is a service of the Virginia State Bar (VSB). The VSB website and the VLRS pages are designed to provide general information to the public and are not intended to, and do not, offer legal advice. The VSB makes no warranties or representations concerning an attorney’s ability to handle a client’s particular legal matter. The decision to employ an attorney is solely that of the client, subject to the attorney’s willingness to accept employment. There is no attorney-client relationship formed by any use of the information provided on the website, the VLRS application, or by VSB staff. If your legal problem is an emergency, you should consult an attorney immediately. 

Updated: February 28, 2019