Community Legal Resources for Students

Have questions about legal matters? Community resources are available to assist you. Explore the sites below for more information about eligibility for free and low cost options.

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Legal Advice and Referral Clinic

The Legal Advice and Referral Clinic (LARC) is a walk-in clinic that occurs on the second Saturday of each month at a Downtown San Francisco location (UC Hastings), and on the last Saturday of each month at a Bayview location in San Francisco. At these Clinics, low-income clients are able to receive legal advice and/or referrals from experienced attorneys in various areas of the law. LARC is staffed in part by volunteers who primarily conduct client intakes to determine in what area(s) of law people want advice. The clients are then able to sit with our experienced volunteer attorneys, and receive advice and/or referrals based on their issue.

San Francisco Lawyer Referral Service

The Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) offers legal assistance from insured lawyers who are evaluated for their experience in over 100 legal areas. If you have been injured, the referral and the first thirty-minute consultation with your lawyer are absolutely free. For all other legal issues, you pay only $35 for the referral and first thirty-minute consultation.

UC Hastings Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Through the UC Hastings Volunteers in Tax Assistance Program, UC Hastings law students provide tax filing assistance to Tenderloin residents one evening a week during tax season. The ABA Law Student Division's VITA program is an independent operation from the IRS. Students are trained and certified by the IRS and provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Eviction Defense Collaborative

The Eviction Defense Collaborative is the principal organization in San Francisco helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits. Each year we provide emergency legal services and rental assistance to over 5,000 tenants in San Francisco.

Our families, our community, our economy, and our health all depend on the security and stability that come from having a place to call home. Only when we ensure this basic human right can we grow as individuals to produce a just, prosperous, and equitable society. Because of the high cost of housing in San Francisco, thousands of families and individuals struggle every day to meet this most basic human need. Each time someone loses the struggle against eviction and becomes homeless or is forced to leave the City, San Francisco loses a little more of the dignity and diversity that gives it its cherished spirit.

The Eviction Defense Collaborative works to level the playing field by providing emergency legal assistance to our low-income neighbors.

UC Undocumented Legal Services Center

The University of California Undocumented Legal Services Center serves the immigration-related legal needs of undocumented and immigrant students in the University of California system.

Operating out of UC Davis School of Law, the groundbreaking program reaches out to students at UC campuses without law schools, including UC San Francisco, to provide, free of charge, the legal assistance they need in order to achieve their educational goals and reach their full potential.