Lawyer Referral Services Program                      The State Bar of California
Email:                                180 Howard St.
Phone: 415-538-2250                                        San Francisco, CA 94105

A Lawyer Referral Service is an individual, partnership, corporation, association, entity or a service or agency of an entity, which operates for the direct or indirect purpose of referring potential clients to lawyers.

Below is a list of the authorities governing State Bar-certified lawyer referral services:


Lawyer Referral Services Rules - Fees

 (effective January 1, 1996)


  • Non-profit  $1,000
  • For-profit    $5,000

Multi-County LRS

  • Non-profit: $1,000 for each county in which the service operates
  • For-profit: $5,000 for each county in which the service operates*


Single-County LRS

  • Nonprofit: 1 percent of annual gross revenues or $5,000, whichever is less with a minimum fee of $500
  • For-profit: 1 percent of gross annual revenues or $10,000, whichever is less with a minimum fee of $500

Multi-County LRS

  • Nonprofit:  1 percent of annual gross revenues, or $5,000 per county, whichever is less, with a minimum fee of $500 in each county where the service operates
  • For-profit: 1 percent of gross annual revenues or $10,000 per county, whichever is less, with a minimum fee of $1,000 in each county where the service operates*

*Fee cap:  Fees must be paid for each county where a service operates, however, no service will pay more than $10,000 in fees per year.

Call 415-538-2250 or e-mail for additional information.

Pro Bono Practice Program (PBPP)

About the Pro Bono Practice Program

In July 2008, the State Bar expanded the Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Program to welcome not only retired attorneys, but also those taking a temporary break from the active practice of law, to use their legal skills, training and experience for pro bono service.  Renamed the Pro Bono Practice Program (“PBP Program”), it encourages attorneys from all practice areas, practice settings and geographic locations to contribute their legal expertise while receiving valuable State Bar benefits, including  membership fee waiver and free and reduced-cost MCLE.  

Participants in the PBP Program must provide pro bono service solely through a qualified legal services provider receiving funds from the Legal Services Trust Fund or a State Bar certified lawyer referral service no-fee panel.  PBP Program requirements can be found at Title 3, Division 2, Chapter 6 of the Rules of the State Bar.

How the Pro Bono Practice Program can help your organization

PBP Program attorneys can provide a wide range of services that might otherwise be provided by an active member of the Bar, including, but not limited to:

  • Client screening and intake;
  • Full or limited scope representation;
  • Brief advice and counsel;
  • Community legal education and outreach;
  • Mentoring and training of less experienced attorneys; and
  • Legislative research and legal analysis.

PBP Program attorneys are usually not affiliated with another firm or company, and therefore may be able to make significant time commitments to your organization. PBP Program attorneys may prefer to volunteer at your organization’s offices.  Some of these services, however, can be provided over the telephone, from home, or out in the community.  As a result, organizations that do not have the capacity to host volunteers in their offices can also benefit from the assistance of PBP Program attorneys.  

How the Pro Bono Practice Program Benefits Your Volunteers

In addition to the opportunity to keep legal skills honed and help low-income Californians, the program provides the following benefits to participating attorneys:

  • Active State Bar membership fee waived;
  • FREE or discounted rates for MCLE programs sponsored by the State Bar, California Bar Journal, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), and Practising Law Institute (PLI); and
  • Complimentary registration to the State Bar Annual Meeting and other State Bar events.
For more information about the program, go to the Pro Bono Practice Program page.




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