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Legal Clinics

The University of San Diego School of Law Legal Clinics provides training to upper-level law students while providing needed legal services. All Legal Clinic students are supervised by a practicing attorney and are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct established by the State Bar of California.

Free legal services are available to lower income individuals in the following areas:

  • Civil: Assists in supplemental Social Security Income and Social Security disability, uninsured motorist defense and consumer issues
  • Entrepreneurship: Provides comprehensive legal assistance to individuals who wish to start or expand a small business or not-for-profit organization, as well as for trademark and copyright issues
  • Immigration: Offers assistance for immigration-related problems such as asylum, immigrating family members, naturalization and deportation
  • Income Tax (California) Represents low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the Franchise Tax Board in matters of state tax appeals
  • Income Tax (Federal): Represents taxpayers who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service in matters such as collection actions or audits, earned income tax credits and offers in compromise
  • Landlord Tenant: Represents clients in matters such as Superior Court unlawful detainer trials and in administrative hearings involving federally subsidized Section 8 termination proceedings
  • Small Claims: Provides assistance to individuals filing in the Small Claims Court (claims less than $7,500)
  • Special Education: Represents the parents of children with special needs with public school issues including IEP eligibility and services, placement, suspensions and expulsions

If you are interested in obtaining free assistance from USD's Legal Clinics, or have any questions, please call (619) 260-7470.

Veterans: provides free legal services to veterans struggling to resolve disputes with for-profit education companies over the use of GI Bill funds and related loans, and also represents veterans appealing VA disability determinations and veterans seeking to change the characterization of service of their military discharge.