Need Free Legal Help in the Bay Area?


Volunteer Legal Services Corporation  –  Free Legal Aid

The Volunteer Legal Service Corporation (VLSC) is a non-profit legal organization.
VLSC provides free legal advice to low-income people in Alameda County. Volunteer attorneys run clinics to help you represent yourself in court.

Click here to print our Need Legal Help? brochure.

I need help. Can VLSC help me?

You may be eligible if you have a case in Alameda County and you fall within our income guidelines. Contact us for the most up-to-date information.
We provide help in the following areas of law at our free legal clinics. VLSC does not provide an attorney to go with you to court. Our volunteers can help with paperwork and give advice.

–  Bankruptcy
–  Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
–  Family Law
–  Guardianship
–  Low-Income Landlord Unlawful Detainer Assistance
–  Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Mediation

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 3:30 pm.

The Intake Coordinator will need to ask you 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.


Legal Definitions

Pro bono,” which is short for pro bono publico, is a Latin term that means “for the public good.” We use it to mean “free legal services” for low-income people.
Pro per” comes from another Latin term meaning “for one’s self,” used to describe a person who handles his or her own case, without a lawyer.