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Legal Resources for the Public on the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic

The federal government significantly expanded unemployment insurance, both who qualifies and amount you qualify for. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services has published an explainer on the changes that may help you get more money and faster if you are unemployed.

At this time, it is recommended that you complete the state unemployment forms by visiting, calling 866-783-5567 or calling Job1 at 504-658-4500. Be sure to answer “yes” to the question, “Are you filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19?”

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If you are low-income and need legal representation related to a COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic issue, Acadiana Legal Service Corporation and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provide free legal assistance to those that qualify. Please do not visit legal service providers in person during this time. Due to the virus, all organizations are encouraging people to contact them over the telephone, or by applying for services online.

If you are looking for general legal resources (not specifically about the pandemic) for self-represented litigants and people in court without an attorney, including referrals to free and low-cost legal representation, please check out the Law Library's online guide.

The Law Library hopes you are staying safe and if you need further assistance, don't hesitate to call us at 504-310-2400 or email us at Though we are not physically in the library, we are still answering reference questions via phone and email quickly!