The State Bar’s Office of Legal Services works to ensure access to justice for Californians in a variety of ways.
The State Bar makes grants available to nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients. The State Bar gives grants to about 100 such groups across the state. Find out how to apply.
We work to ensure that groups that refer you to an attorney follow state guidelines and offer affordable rates for legal services. Find out more about lawyer referral services certification.
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The State Bar waives the active status annual fee for eligible attorneys who do pro bono work exclusively with a qualified legal services provider, a State Bar-certified lawyer referral service, a no-fee or pro bono panel or a court-based self-help center that is in compliance with California Rule of Court 10.960.
The State Bar also support the efforts of Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that uses technology to improve access to justice.
Find out more about pro bono opportunities.
We also sponsor and organize workshops to help attorneys learn about the rules in helping clients with issues such as home loan modification and foreclosure, military and health benefits, disaster recovery and consumer scams.
Find out about pro bono training events from the Practising Law Institute.
The Office of Legal Services works to promote “incubator” projects across the state that help law school graduates start their own solo, small firm or nonprofit practices. Incubator participants receive the infrastructure and basic training needed to get their practices up and running, and often serve their local communities' legal needs at an affordable cost.
We work with other organizations to create training for new lawyers to provide affordable legal assistance to low and moderate income clients with legal problems involving family and housing law, labor code violations, consumer debt and more. Find out more about incubator projects.