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