Need Legal Help?
What is VLSC?
The Volunteer Legal Service Corporation (VLSC) is the pro bono arm of the Alameda County Bar Association. VLSC provides free legal services to low-income people in Alameda County and is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the county.
VLSC Mission Statement
VLSC provides free direct legal assistance to Alameda County’s low-income population by mobilizing volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono service.
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What does VLSC Do?
VLSC provides legal assistance in two ways: (1) through placement of clients with volunteer attorneys from our pro bono panels and (2) through pro per clinics where clients learn how to represent themselves.
I need help. Can VLSC help me?
You may be eligible for free legal services through VLSC if you have a case in Alameda County that is within our program priorities and fall within our income guidelines. VLSC does not handle criminal matters or fee-generating cases (such as suing for personal injury). VLSC’s programs are always expanding. Contact us for the most up-to-date information.
How do I contact VLSC?
If you are a client seeking legal help, call VLSC at:
510-302-2222 press option 4. Intake hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Intake Coordinator will need to ask you several questions to determine whether we can assist you. If we cannot assist you, we will do our best to refer you to someone who can. Interpreting services are available in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese upon request.
Pro bono referrals
On a case-by-case basis, VLSC refers individuals for pro bono representation by volunteer attorneys in the following areas of law:
- Family Law
- Low-Income Landlord
- Unlawful Detainer Assistance
- Nonprofit Corporation
- Wills and Trusts
Pro per assistance clinics
VLSC also operates several legal advice clinics that enable clients to represent themselves (pro per):
Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Volunteers educate clients about the procedure of bankruptcy, who can file, and how to proceed.
Bankruptcy Post-Filing Volunteers provide assistance to people who have already filed for bankruptcy without attorney representation.
Dissolution Volunteers help prepare paperwork for simple divorces and related child custody and support issues.
Family Law Day of Court Clients are referred only by the court staff for assistance drafting family law orders.
General Family Law Volunteers assist clients with a range of family law issues, including child custody, visitation, child support, or spousal support. Volunteers also assist respondents to domestic violence restraining order petitions.
Guardianship Day of Court Clients are referred only by the court staff for procedural assistance in a guardianship matter after the case has been filed.
Immigration Volunteers assist clients with visa petitions and citizenship applications. Interpreting services are available.
Low-Income Landlord Eviction Assistance Volunteers provide eviction assistance to landlords with little or no income.
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