JDC's Legal Advice and Referral Clinic

Do you need a confidential consultation with an attorney but cannot afford it? The Justice and Diversity Center's Legal Advice and Referral Clinic (LARC) provides three free legal clinics every month for low-income Bay Area residents. The clinics offer free, limited legal advice and referrals.

The dates for the April clinics are below:

JDC’s LARC in Civic Center
Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
*Civic Center LARCs have moved to Saturday Mornings

JDC’s LARC in Bayview
Friday, May 24, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

JDC’s LARC in Mission*
Tuesday, May 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
*By Appointment Only

For more specific information, please click on a link below for the clinic you would like to attend.

Attorneys with 5 years or more of experience in a specific area of the law are eligible to serve as volunteers with our legal clinics.

Attorney volunteers at our legal clinics provide legal advice, inform clients on court procedures, and provide referrals in 30 minute consultations. Volunteers are able to specify their available volunteer times on a monthly basis. Volunteers are not expected to take any cases, and all interactions with clients are limited scope for the clinic consult only. 

We rely on the expertise of the volunteers to give substantive consultations, and therefore ask that volunteers have at least five years of experience in a specific area before participating in our clinics. An exception to the requirement may be made if the volunteer has access to a mentor with such experience. 

The following areas of law are always needed at our clinics: 

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Contracts/Real Estate
  • Civil law
  • Collection Defense
  • Family Law
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Probate
  • Immigration
  • SSI
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal 
  • Employment/Labor
  • General Consumer
  • Workers Comp
  • Other Miscellaneous Areas

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to receive regular email updates regarding volunteer opportunities at our legal clinics, please apply here. If you have questions, email us at probono@sfbar.org

If you have a specific question about our legal clinics, please send us an email at larc@sfbar.org.


Our attorneys cannot provide consultations outside of clinic hours, and this number cannot be used to obtain legal advice.


If you would like to obtain a private attorney to represent you for your legal issue, please call the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) at (415) 989-1616.