Free Legal Aid in San Diego

Last updated: September 26, 2013

San Diego has a reputation for its laid-back, beach bum culture. To outsiders, it may look to many as if many San Diegans haven't a care in the world, but legal problems can make life difficult and legal help is often expensive. If you have a legal problem and can't afford an attorney, there are several organizations in San Diego that offer free or low-cost legal services to people who need them. Some organizations, like the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, offer help in a variety of areas, while other organizations focus on only one or two areas of law. Check out the list of organizations below to see if one of them can help you. You may also want to take a look at FindLaw's Learn About the Law section to find out more information about your specific legal issue.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD)

  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD)

    110 S. Euclid Avenue
    San Diego
    , CA 92114

    Tel: (877) 534-2524

    The Legal Aid Society of San Diego offers access to legal services to low income individuals and families in San Diego. The practice encompasses a broad range of legal areas, including:

    • Consumer law
    • Family law
    • Welfare law
    • Health law
    • Immigration law
    • Housing law
    • Individual rights
  • University of San Diego Legal Clinics


    San Diego
    , CA

    Tel: (619) 260-7470

    USD Legal Clinics offer free legal assistance to lower income individuals. Some types of cases are referred to USD from other organizations. USD law students conduct intake interviews for other types of cases. USD offers legal help in these areas:

    • Appellate
    • Civil
    • Education and disability
    • Entrepenuership
    • Federal tax
    • State income tax
    • Immigration
    • State sales and use tax
    • Veterans issues
    • Workers' rights
  • San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC)

    1122 Broadway, Suite 200
    San Diego
    , CA 92101

    Tel: (866) 933-4673

    The San Diego Family Justice Center assists survivors of domestic violence and their families with legal help as well as safety planning and long-term support.

  • Elder Law & Advocacy (ELA)

    5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 110
    San Diego
    , CA 92123

    Tel: (858) 565-1392

    Elder Law & Advocacy provides access to legal help and insurance counseling to elderly residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties. ELA also provides services to caregivers of individuals over 60. 

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego (CCDSD)

    349 Cedar Street
    San Diego
    , CA 92101

    Tel: (619) 231-2828

    CCDSD is a social service organization that provides access to services to individuals in need. The organization offers legal services in some areas, including:

    • Immigration
    • VAWA petitions
    • Family visa petitions
    • Adjustment of status/ renewal of LPR green cards
    • Consular processing
    • Information sessions
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)
    • Refugees Services
    • Case management
    • Adoption Services
    • Homeless Services