Free Legal Aid in Los Angeles

Last updated: September 27, 2013

Do you have a legal issue, but cannot afford to hire an attorney? There are many options for free or low-cost legal services in Los Angeles County. Two of the main ways to get help are either through a government-funded legal assistance program such as The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) or through one of the many nonprofit pro bono groups. There may be income limits that apply for individuals for free help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

LAFLA Offices

  • Central Office

    1550 W. 8th St.
    Los Angeles
    , CA 90017

    Tel: (213) 640-3881 | Fax: (213) 640-3850

    Good to Know: This branch provides Housing and Eviction Defense services. They assist in everything from legal representation, to helping alleviate slum conditions. If you are a Long Beach resident with a housing problem, call (800) 399-4529 or see below.

  • East Los Angeles Office

    5228 Whittier Blvd.
    Los Angeles
    , CA 90022

    Tel: (213) 640-3883 | Fax: (213) 640-3911

    Good to Know: This branch assists with Government Benefits and Immigration Law. The LAFLA’s Veterans Justice Clinic also operates here. It is a special program designed to help veterans and their families secure government benefits, medical care, and stabilize their living situation. It’s open to all veterans who are at risk of homelessness. 

  • West Side Office

    1102 Crenshaw Blvd.
    Los Angeles
    , CA 90019

    Tel: (323) 801-7989 | Fax: (323) 801-7921

    Good to Know: This office provides assistance for Asian and Pacific Islanders, and specializes in Consumer Law and Family Law.  Asian and Pacific Islander clients have access to a full range of services in the following languages:

     

    Cantonese/Mandarin (323) 801-7912

    Korean (323) 801-7987

    Japanese (323) 801-7913

    Vietnamese (323) 801-7923

    Khmer (Cambodian) (213) 640-3887

  • South Los Angeles Office

    7000 S. Broadway
    Los Angeles
    , CA 90003

    Tel: (213) 640-3950 | Fax: (213) 640-3988

    Good to Know: This branch assists with Employment Law and Community Economic Development. Legal representation and assistance is provided to workers from various industries including construction, restaurant, garment, domestic work, janitorial, security, and car wash services throughout L.A. County.

  • Santa Monica Office

    1640 5th St., Suite 124
    Santa Monica
    , CA 90401

    Tel: (310) 899-6200 | Fax: (310) 899-6208

    Good to Know: LAFLA’s Santa Monica branch is funded by the City of Santa Monica and provides legal services to residents of Santa Monica only. This office provides assistance with naturalizations, housing issues, family law and domestic violence cases, government benefits, and consumer law problems.

  • Long Beach Office

    601 Pacific Avenue
    Long Beach
    , CA 90802

    Tel: (562) 435-3501 | Fax: (562) 435-7118

    Good to Know: Attorneys at LAFLA’s Long Beach branch provide comprehensive legal services for the residents of Long Beach and the Harbor areas. This office provides areas assistance with issues including consumer law, government benefits, family law, and eviction.

Domestic Violence Clinics & Family Law

  • Domestic Violence Clinic—Santa Monica (Santa Monica Courthouse)

    1725 Main Street
    Santa Monica
    , CA 90401



    LAFLA operates three domestic violence and family law clinics. Attorneys can provide immediate assistance to those in need in cases involving child abduction, child custody and visitation, child support, divorce, or domestic violence.

    Good to Know: All clinics are located in a courthouse and are first come, first served. You cannot make an appointment ahead of time. Each clinic has different operating hours. Please call (800) 399-4529 for updated hours. If you have an emergency and cannot wait for an attorney, please contact your local police department or call 911.

LAFLA’s Self Help Legal Access Centers

  • Santa Monica Courthouse

    1725 Main St., Room 210
    Santa Monica
    , CA 90401

  • Torrance Courthouse

    825 Maple Ave., Room 160
    Torrance
    , CA 90503



    If you are choosing to represent yourself in a civil matter including evictions, divorces and paternity actions or civil harassment, you can contact one of the four Self Help Legal Access Centers for legal information and/or assistance in preparing legal forms.

    Good to Know: All clinics are located in a courthouse and are first come, first served. You cannot make an appointment ahead of time. The Centers are open on the following dates and times:

    The Centers are open on the following days and times:

    Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-12 noon, 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The Inglewood Center opens at 8:30 a.m. The Centers are closed the 3rd Wednesday of each month, except Santa Monica.

Nonprofit Pro Bono Groups

  • California Lawyers for the Arts

    1641 18th St
    Santa Monica
    , CA 90404

    Tel: (310) 998-5590 | Fax: (310) 998-5594

    Intake Phone: (310) 998-5590

    Counties Served: Statewide

    Case Types: Art law, Entertainment law, Intellectual Property law (copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, etc.)

    Case Restrictions: C.L.A. only serves creative artists and arts organizations, as well as general individuals with arts-related issues.

  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services

    3250 Wilshire Blvd 13th Floor
    Los Angeles
    , CA 90010

    Tel: (323) 939-0506 | Fax: (323) 939-1040

    Counties Served: Los Angeles

    Case Types: AIDS/HIV, Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Elder Law, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Wills

    Other Case Types: Employment rights, Caregiver issues

    Case Restrictions: Clients must be residents of LA county, all must be prescreened prior to being given appointment, and the case must have merit.

  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center Legal Services Department

    1625 Schrader Blvd
    Los Angeles
    , CA 90028

    Tel: (213) 993-7670 | Fax: (213) 933-7699

    Counties Served: Los Angeles

    Case Types: Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Housing, Immigration, Individual Rights, Wills

  • Legal Services Program for Pasadena and San Gabriel-Pomona Valley

    243 W Mission Blvd Ste 303
    Pomona
    , CA 91766

    Tel: (909) 622-7455 | Fax: (909) 469-1729

    Intake: (909) 622-1417

    Counties Served: Los Angeles

    Case Types: Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence

    Other Case Types: Post-decree modifications of custody/visitation

    Case Restrictions: Must reside in service area; jurisdiction over case must be either: a) close to a volunteer attorney; or b) accepted for representation by a Legal Aid/Legal Service program in a foreign jurisdiction.