​Referrals for Pro Bono Services

The USD Legal Research Center Reference Department provides reference assistance but cannot provide legal advice to patrons. Reference assistance includes helping patrons locate materials in the LRC, explaining how legal materials are organized, and suggesting sources for further research. The Reference Department cannot interpret the meaning of a case or statute, counsel on the selection of legal forms, or otherwise give legal advice in any manner. If you think you need assistance beyond that which the Reference Department is able to provide, you should contact an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the following pro bono services may provide legal services at a reduced fee or for free.

Pro Bono Services in the San Diego Area

American Bar Association Directory of Pro Bono Programs


Legal Aid Society of San Diego

Main Office
110 South Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
Tel. (877) LEGAL-AID or (877) 534-2524
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

North County
216 South Tremont Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Tel. (877) LEGAL-AID or (877) 534-2524
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Consumer Center for Health, Education and Advocacy
1475 6th Ave, 4th floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel. (877)-SDHealth or (877) 734-3258
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP)

707 Broadway, Suite 1400
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel. (619) 235-5656
Fax (619) 235-5668
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Elder Law & Advocacy Senior Citizens Legal Services

3675 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel. (858) 565-1392
Website: http://www.seniorlaw-sd.org/
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

University of San Diego Law School Legal Clinics

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Tel. (619) 260-7470
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Consumer Problems Adoption
Contract Disputes Bankruptcy
Debt Relief Collections after Small Claims
Education: suspensions and expulsions Conservatorship
Entrepreneurship: Incorporation (No litigation) Constitutional Rights Issues
Environmental Law Construction Defect
Immigration Criminal Issues
Landlord/Tenant Discrimination (race, sex, religion, etc.)
Name Change Employment Law
Small Claims Issues/Appeals Estate Planning (Wills & Trusts)
Special Education Family Law
Tax (Federal) No tax preparation Federal cases
Tax (State of CA) No tax preparation Lemon Law (Cars)
Wage Claims (against employers) Malpractice: Legal or Medical
  Maritime Law
  Personal Injury
  SSI Appeals
  Welfare/AFDC/Food Stamps/General Relief