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Guide to Case Selection Criteria

Case selection criteria are factors a law office uses to decide whether to accept a case for representation. Legal services providers often have high demand fortheir legal services, but not enough staff time to meet those demands. Case selection criteria are the factors that a legal team uses to determine which cases they will prioritize accepting. 

Case selection criteria are guided by a combination of considerations, including the type of legal problem, an organization’s mission, its priorities, the legal team’sresources and capacity to undertake the representation, and more. This Guide will help legal organizations develop a process to think through these considerations.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K006 and 15JOVW-22-GK-04003-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.