San Francisco Free Legal Aid

San Francisco legal aid and legal help is never far away.  Providers of free legal assistance in San Francisco vary from government to non-profit to law school clinical programs that are offered at a discount or for free.  


Nonprofit San Francisco Legal Aid Organizations


Legal Aid Society

Bay Area Legal Aid

CA Legal Advocates Volunteer Attorneys

California Lawyers for the Arts


Asian Law Caucus 

55 Columbus Ave. 
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 896-1701 

Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. 

Contact: Philip Van 

Languages: Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Tagalog.
  • Serves the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Free legal consultation to low income aliens in criminal removal matters.
  • Will represent aliens in some asylum cases.
  • No collect calls are accepted.
Immigration Law Clinic 
U.C. Davis School of Law

400 Mrak Hall
Davis, CA 95616-5201
(530) 752-6942 

Mon.-Fri. 8am- 5pm
Contact: Amagda Perez or James Smith
Language: Spanish.
  • Serves Davis, Yolo, Solano, Sacramento within a 60-mile radius.
  • Must meet income guidelines for representation.
  • Will represent aliens in asylum and cancellation cases.
  • Pro Bono.
  • No collect calls are accepted.
Asian Pacific Island Legal Outreach 

1188 Franklin Street, Ste. 202
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 567-6255
  • Willing to represent indigent aliens in asylum proceedings.
  • Provides legal services in the following languages: Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.
La Raza Centro Legal 

474 Valencia St., Ste. 295
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 575-3500 

Language: Spanish
  • May charge nominal fee.
  • Will represent aliens in asylum cases.
Asylum Program of the San Francisco Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights 

131 Steuart Street, Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-9697, ext. 202
Contact: Silvia Contreras
Mon.-Fri. 9 am - 5:30 pm
Interviews Wed-Fri by appt.
Languages: Spanish & French.
  • Serves San Francisco Bay area.
  • Pro Bono or nominal fee.
  • Must meet income guidelines for representation.
  • Asylum cases screened for finances and meritorious claims.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) 

870 Market St., Ste. 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 392-6257
(415) 392-8442, Fax
  • Seeks to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) indigent aliens in asylum proceedings.
  • Assists LGBT aliens and immigrants in understanding visas, asylum claims, and HIV exclusion, and provides legal and practical strategies for bi-national couples.
Catholic Charities Immigration Program 

2625 Zanker Road, Ste. 201
San Jose, CA 95134
(408) 944-0691 

Mon.-Fri. 9am-5 p.m.
  • Languages: Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin.
  • Must meet low income guidelines for representation.
  • Will represent aliens in immigration cases.
Santa Clara University
School of Law
Civil Clinical Programs
East San Jose Community Law Center

1030 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 288-7030 

Every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.
Contact: Lynette Parker
  • Drop in advice clinic as well as representation before the Immigration Court.
  • Must meet low income guidelines for representation.
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) 

3101 Mission Street, Ste. 101
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-2330 

Mon.-Fri. 9am-5 p.m.
Language: Spanish.
  • Charges nominal fee.
  • Must meet (HUD) income guidelines for representation.
  • Will represent Latin American aliens in asylum cases.


San Francisco Law School Clinical Programs for Legal Help


USF Law School Clinics

USF Law Clinics

USF Law Clinics

Kendrick Hall, 211
(415) 422-6752
Golden Gate Law School Clinics
Environmental Law and Justice Clinic
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968


Phone: 415-442-6647
Fax: 415-896-2450

Clinic Contacts

Helen Kang, Clinic Director


Ken Kloc, Environmental Scientist

Important Note !

Please do not e-mail us concerning potential representation. Because we receive a significant volume of e-mail, your important e-mail may not be read. Your e-mail may also be inadvertently categorized as spam. For these reasons, you should call the Clinic first with any inquiries about representation. Before you call, please reviewAbout ELJC and How to Get Help to see whether your matter is similar to the kinds of cases taken by the Clinic.


Women's Rights Employment Clinic


Contact WERC


Phone: 415-442-6647
Fax: 415-896-2450

Mailing Address

Women's Employment Rights Clinic
Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968

WERC Office Location

40 Jessie Street, Suite 530
San Francisco, CA 94105

WERC Staff

Professor Marci Seville
Director, Women's Employment Rights Clinic

Professor Hina Shah
Associate Professor and Clinical Staff Attorney

Fe Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant


Berkeley Law School Clinics






Death Penalty Clinic

The Death Penalty Clinic offers law students a rich opportunity for hands-on training; seeks justice for individual clients by providing them with the highest quality representation; and exposes and tackles problems endemic to the administration of the death penalty.

East Bay Community Law Center

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is the community-based component of Berkeley Law's Clinical Program. EBCLC was founded by Berkeley Law students in 1988 to provide legal services to low-income and underrepresented members of the community near the law school.

International Human Rights Law Clinic

The International Human Rights Law Clinic allows students to design and implement creative solutions to advance the global struggle for the protection of human rights.

Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic

The Samuelson Clinic offers law students the unparalleled opportunity to learn about lawyering, government institutions and the complexities involved in technology-related law, while also providing representation to individuals, nonprofits, and consumer groups that could not otherwise obtain counsel.