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.

CLASP – Community Legal Assistance Saturday Program

Free Legal Drop-in Clinic

Do you have a question that a volunteer lawyer may be able to help you with? 

Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) has launched a monthly clinic, CLASP, that will give anyone who walks in a chance to meet with an attorney in almost every legal field, and receive a 15-20 minute consultation. 


  • Free legal assistance clinic, open to anyone, brief consultation with a lawyer.
  • Receive referrals to legal services organizations, understand your legal rights. 
  • Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese interpreters may be available.
  • Family, criminal, housing, consumer, immigration, employment, and more.
  • Bring all documents related to your case/questions.  

Family Emergency Preparedness 

We’re opening a micro-clinic to help families prepare contingency plans for school and healthcare for their children where parents are unable to care for them in situations such as deportation, arrest or serious illness.


The legal clinic runs the first Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Alameda County Law Library (125 Twelfth Street, Oakland, CA 94607).


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.