Frequently Asked Questions

From licensing and conduct to contact information on free legal resources, these questions are those most often asked.

Q. How does one become licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee?

A. The Board of Law Examiners handles issues of the bar exam and reciprocity from other states. You may contact them at:

Board of Law Examiners
511 Union Street, Suite 525
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: 615-741-3234
Fax: 615-741-5867

Q. Who should I contact about issues dealing with the conduct of a lawyer?

A. The Board of Professional Responsibility handles issues of possible misconduct of lawyers. You may contact them at:

Board of Professional Responsibility
10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 220
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-361-7500 or 800-486-5714

Q. I am looking for a lawyer. How do I find one?

A. You could consult the yellow pages of the phone book or if you live in one of the following cities, you may contact one of the following lawyer referral services:

Nashville: 615-242-6546
Knoxville: 865-522-7501
Chattanooga: 423-266-5950
West Tenn. Legal Services: 800-372-8346 (Memphis area)

Q. I cannot afford an attorney, can you help me?

A. Low-income Tennesseans have helpful resources they can access when they have legal issues. 

The website and a toll-free telephone hotline at 888-HELP4TN or (888) 395-9297 both offer information and access to referrals and legal advice and TN Free Legal Answers matches individuals with volunteer attorneys.

Bar associations, the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission and legal aid and community organizations across the state also support standing legal clinics throughout the year.

You can also contact local legal aid groups across the state. (These organizations also have helpful information and resources on their websites.) 

Middle Tennessee: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands (LAS)
Phone: 1-800-238-1443

West Tennessee: West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS)
Phone: 865-637-0484

East Tennessee: Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET)
Phone: 1-800-372-8346

Southwest Tennessee: Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS)

Phone: 901-523-8822