CALIFORNIA FREE LEGAL HELP

Find a comprehensive list of addresses and information on California free legal help.

Resources for legal aid on bankruptcy, immigration, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, family law, divorce, landlord-tenant, employment issues, consumer and Small Claims Problems.


Most California free legal help programs can provide the following types of services based on its resources and client's legal needs:

  • Full Legal Representation
  • Self-Help Materials
  • Pro Se Legal Clinic
  • Brief Advice
  • Other brief service is available. Impact litigation and legislative advocacy.

To qualify for free legal help, you must be at or below 125.0% to 300.0% of poverty level. Cases taken above basic income eligibility level are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Contact an office near you for more details.

The following organizations and attorneys provide free legal services and/or referrals for California residents. Some of these organizations may also charge a nominal fee for legal services to certain low income individuals.

LOS ANGELES - California Free Legal Help

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Legal Services 1625 Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Tel: 323-993-7670

Public Counsel Law Center 610 S. Ardmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005 Tel: 213-385-2977 Fx: 213-385-9089

HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance, Inc. (HALSA) 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 750, Los Angeles, 90010 Tel: 213-637-1690 Fx: 213-637-1694

Bet Tzedek Legal Services -- Mid-Wilshire Office Contact this group by attending a clinic at Los Angeles Superior Court Self Help Resource Center, 111 N. Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Tel: 213-384-3524 Fx: 323-939-1040

Break the Cycle - provides free and confidential legal services to young people who have been abused. (Se habla espanol) Los Angeles Office PO Box 64996 Los Angeles, CA 90064 Tel: (310) 286-3366 or Toll-Free (888) 988-TEEN

University of Southern California Legal Clinic Tel: (213) 745-3600

Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California Tel: 213-977-7500 Fx: 213-977-7595 ASIAN LANGUAGE HOTLINES: Cambodian Tel: 800-867-3640, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese) Tel: 800-520-2356, Korean Tel: 800-867-3126, Vietnamese Tel: 800-267-7395

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles 1102 South Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90019-3111 Tel: (800) 399-4529

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project 1325 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021 Tel: 213-891-2880 ext. 102 Fx: 213-891-2888

SAN FRANCISCO - California Free Legal Help

California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. - California Free Legal Help 631 Howard Street Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94105-3907 Tel: (415) 777-2752

The Bar Association of San Francisco 301 Battery Street, Third Floor San Francisco, California 94111 Tel: (415) 982-1600 Fx: (415) 477-2388

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Tel: 415-567-6255 Fx: 415-567-6248

Legal Assistance to the Elderly (LAE) Tel: 415-538-3333 Fx: 415-538-3316

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights - Legal Services Clinic 131 Steuart Street, Suite 400 San Francisco, CA Tel: 415-543-9444 Fx: 415-543-0296

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic Tel: (415) 252-2844 Offers legal assistance for Domestic Violence Restraining

San Francisco Office 50 Fell Street San Francisco, CA 94102 Tel: (415) 982-1300 or Toll-Free (800) 551-5554

SAN DIEGO - California Free Legal Help

Legal Aid Society of San Diego Inc. 110 South Euclid Avenue San Diego, CA 92114 Tel: (619) 262-0896

Elder Law & Advocacy - Senior Citizens Legal Services San Diego 3675 Ruffin Road, Suite 315, San Diego Tel: 858-565-1392 Fx: 858-565-1394

Protection & Advocacy, Inc. - Disability Rights California - Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy Tel: 916-575-1615, 800-390-7032 Fx: 916-575-1623

SACRAMENTO - California Free Legal Help

Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (Soon to be Disability Rights California) - Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy Tel: 916-575-1615, 800-390-7032 Fx: 916-575-1623

Community Legal Services - University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law - Tel: 916-340-6080

DRIVER'S LICENSE REINSTATEMENT & CRIMINAL RECORDS EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC Broadway Career Center MAP Click for driving directions 915 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95814 Tel: (916) 551-2155

SACRAMENTO SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL SELF-HELP CENTER 720 Ninth Street (main courthouse) Sacramento, CA 95814

DEBT COLLECTION/BANKRUPTCY CLINIC - EMPLOYMENT LAW CLINIC DIRECT REPRESENTATION SERVICES 517 12th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Tel: (916) 551-2102

Sacramento Office: 515 - 12th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Tel: (916) 551-2150

Legal Services of Northern California Executive Office: 517 - 12th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Tel: (916) 551-2150

OTHER LOCALITIES - California Free Legal Help

Arcata
Humboldt Legal Center Humboldt State University Arcata CA 95521 Tel: 707-826-3824

Anaheim
Anaheim Outreach: 250 E. Cypress Anaheim, CA Tel: (714) 571-5200

Auburn
Legal Services of Northern California Auburn Office (Motherlode Region): 190 Reamer Street Auburn, CA 95603 Tel: (530) 823-7560

Berkeley
East Bay Community Law Center 3130 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705 Tel: (510) 548-4040 Fx: (510) 548-2566

Bakersfield
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Inc. 615 California Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93304 Tel: (805) 325-5943

Compton
Compton Outreach: 725 W. Rosecrans Compton, CA Tel: (800) 834-5001

Chico
Legal Services of Northern California Chico Office (Butte Region): 541 Normal Avenue Chico, CA 95927 Tel: (530) 345-9493

Concord
BWA - Legal Advocacy Program PO Box 6556 Concord CA 94524-1556 Tel: 925-676-3122 Fx: 925-676-0564

Humboldt County Bar Association PO Box 1017 Eureka CA 95502-1017 Tel: 707-445-2652 Fx: 707-445-0935

Eureka
North Coast AIDS Project 529 I St Eureka CA 95501 Tel: 707-268-2132 Fx: 707-445-6097

Legal Services of Northern California Eureka Office (Redwood Region): 123 Third Street Eureka, CA 95502 Tel: (707) 445-0866 Toll-free: (800) 972-0002

Fresno
Free Legal Aid California Main Office, Fresno: 2014 Tulare, #600 Fresno, CA 93721 Tel: (559) 570-1200 or Toll-Free (800)675-8001

Central California Legal Services Inc. -- Voluntary Legal Services Program California Free Legal Help 1999 Tuolumne Street 700 Fresno CA 93721 Tel: 559-570-1200 Fx: 559-570-1254

Lompoc
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County 110 S. "C" Street, Suite C Lompoc, CA 93436 Tel: (805) 736-6582

Long Beach
Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach 110 Pine Avenue, Suite 420 Long Beach, CA 90802-4421 Tel: (562) 435-3501

Merced
Free Legal Aid California - Merced, Mariposa, Tuolomne Office: 357 W. Main, #201 Merced, CA 95340 Tel: (209) 723-5466 or Toll-Free (800) 675-8001

Modesto
California Rural Legal Assistance 801 15th St Ste 11 Modesto CA 95354-1132 Tel: 209-577-3811 Fx: 209-577-1098

Haven Women's Center 619 13th St Fl 1 Modesto CA 95354-2435 Tel: 209-524-4331 Fx: 209-424-2045

Monterey
Legal Aid of the Central Coast Pro Bono Program of Monterey County 2100 Garden Rd Bldg B Monterey CA 93940-5366 Tel: 408-375-0505 Fx: 408-375-0501

Napa
Legal Aid of North Bay Private Attorney Involvement Program 1227 Coombs St Napa CA 94559-2539 Tel: 707-255-4933 Fx: 707-255-2312 Toll-free: 800-498-7666

Nevada City
Nevada County Lawyer Referral Service 714 W Main St Fl 9 Nevada City CA 95959 Tel: 530-265-4129 Fx: 530-265-4139

Norwalk
Norwalk Outreach: 11834 E. Firestone Norwalk, CA Tel: (800) 834-5001

Oakland
Law Center for Families California Free Legal Help 510 16th Street, Suite 300 Oakland, CA 94612 Tel: 510-451-9261

Bay Area Legal Aid Central Support Office 405 14th Street, 9th Floor. Oakland, CA 94612 Tel: (510) 663-4755 or Toll-Free (800)551-5554

Alameda County Regional Office 405 14th Street, 11th Floor Oakland, CA 94612 Tel: (510) 663-4744 or Toll-Free (800) 551-5554

California Indian Legal Services Inc. Main Office: 510 16th Street Suite 301 Oakland , CA 94612-1500 Tel: (510) 835-0284 or Toll-Free (800) 829-0284

Oxnard
Channel Counties Legal Services Association 250 Citrus Grove Lane., Ste 210 P.O. Box 1228 Oxnard, CA 93032-1228 Tel: (805) 487-6531

Palm Spring
Desert AIDS Project Legal Services 750 South Vella Road Palm Spring CA 92264 Tel: 619-323-2118 Fx: 619-323-9865

Pacoima
San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. 13327 Van Nuys Boulevard Pacoima, CA 91331-3099 Tel: (818) 896-5211

Pomona
Legal Services Program for Pasadena and San Gabriel-Pomona Valley 243 E. Mission Blvd. Pomona, CA 91766 Tel: (909) 623-6357 and (909) 620-5547

Redding
Legal Services of Northern California Redding Office (Shasta Region): 1370 West Street Redding, CA 96001 Tel: (530) 241-3565

Richmond
Contra Costa County Office 1017 Macdonald Avenue Richmond, CA 94801 Tel: (510) 233-9954 or Toll-Free (800) 551-5554

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services 4006 MacDonald Ave Richmond CA 94805 Tel: 510-374-3712 Fx: 510-374-3304

Riverside
Inland Counties Legal Services Inc. 1120 Palmyrita Avenue Suite 210 Riverside, CA 92507 Tel: (909) 784-1020

Riverside County Bar Association Public Service Law Corp. 4129 Main St Ste 101 Riverside CA 92501-3628 Tel: 909-682-5213 Fx: 909-682-0106 Tel: 909-682-7968

Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, Inc. 2060 University Ave Ste 113 Riverside CA 92507-5210 Tel: 951-369-3009 Fx: 951-369-6211

San Jose
Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County W. Robert Morgan Legal Services Center 480 North First Street (at Empire Street) San Jose, California 95112 Tel: (408) 998-5200 Voice Mail: (408) 283-1535

Tele-Legal: (408) 283-1550 (Family Law Information) Mailing Address: P. O. Box 103 San Jose, CA 95103-0103

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Legal Alternatives Corporation 1160 Marsh St Ste 114 San Luis Obispo CA 93401-3377 Tel: 805-544-7997 Fx: 805-544-3904 Tel: 805-544-7995

San Mateo
San Mateo County 2287 El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94403 Tel: (650) 358-0745 or Toll-Free (800) 551-5554

San Rafael
Marin County Office 30 North San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903 Tel: (415) 479-8224 or Toll-Free (800) 551-5554

Santa Ana
Legal Aid Main Office: 902 N. Main Street Santa Ana, CA Tel: (714) 571-5200 or Toll-Free (800) 834-5001

Santa Barbara
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County 301 E. Canon Perdido Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Tel: (805) 963-6754

Santa Maria
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County 301 S. Miller Street, Suite 116 Santa Maria, CA 93454 Tel: (805) 922-9909

San Rafael
Legal Aid Of Marin County 30 N San Pedro Rd 220 San Rafael CA 94903 Tel: 415-492-0230 Fx: 415-492-0947 Toll-free: 800-498-7666

Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Legal Aid 37 Old Courthouse Sq 100 Santa Rosa CA 95404-4033 Tel: 707-542-1290 Fx: 707-542-1195

Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation 1212 4th St Fl 1 Santa Rosa CA 95404-4039 Tel: 707-546-2924 Fx: 707-546-0263

Stockton
Community Services AIDS Program 1601 East Hazelton Avenue Stockton CA 95201-2009 Tel: 209-468-2235 Fx: 209-468-3495

Ukiah
Legal Services of Northern California Ukiah Office (Redwood Region): 421 North Oak Street Ukiah, CA 95482 Tel: (707) 462-1471 (Client line) Tel: (877) 529-7700 (Client toll free line) Tel: (707) 462-4117 (Attorney line)

Vallejo
Legal Services of Northern California Vallejo Office (Solano County) 1810 Capitol Street Vallejo, CA 94590 Tel: (707) 643-0054

Ventura
Ventura County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Service Program - California Free Legal Help 4475 Market St Suite B Ventura CA 93003-8051 Tel: 805-650-7599 Fx: 805-650-8059

Grey Law of Ventura County 290 Maple Ct Ste 128 Ventura CA 93003-3521 Tel: 805-658-2266 Fx: 805-658-6339

AIDS Care Legal Clinic 632 E Thompson Blvd Ventura CA 93001 Tel: 805-643-0446 Fx: 805-643-9474

Visalia
Free Legal Aid California - Kings, Tulare Office: 208 W. Main, #U-1 Visalia, CA 93291 Tel IN VISALIA: (559) 733-8770 or Toll-Free (800) 350-3654 Tel IN HANFORD: (559) 584-2631 or Toll-Free (800) 417-3296

Watsonville
Legal Aid of the Central Coast 21 Carr Street Watsonville, CA 95076 Tel: (831) 724-2253

Woodland
Legal Services of Northern California Woodland Office (Yolo County) 619 North Street Woodland, CA 95695 Tel: (530) 662-1065

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