Pro Bono Resources

The State Bar of California offers support, training, publications, resource materials, and more to legal services programs and pro bono volunteers.

Where can I find pro bono volunteer opportunities?


Where can I get training?

Find FREE MCLE Training Programs via Practising Law Institute
Where can I find free or reduced-fee legal assistance?

Search the Lawyer Referral Services Directory which has information about legal services and other resources for low-income Californians.
What is Pro Bono?

Read the PRO BONO FAQs

Read the State Bar of California Pro Bono Resolution
Where can I find free legal information and forms online?

Visit for free information on family law matters, protective orders, and other self-help legal resources.
Join the Pro Bono Practice Program

The State Bar waives the active status membership fee for eligible attorneys who do pro bono work exclusively with a Qualified Legal Services Provider or a State Bar certified lawyer referral service, no-fee or pro-bono panel or a court-based self-help center that is in compliance with California Rule of Court 10.960

Learn more or download application form
How can I find my local legal aid office?

Use the Legal Aid Area Directory to help find your local legal aid office.

I don't qualify for legal aid, who can I call?

Contact the State Bar of California Lawyer Referral Information Services (LRIS) Directory
Apply to receive the Wiley W. Manuel Certificates for your pro bono work.

Download the form and get it signed by your program coordinators.
I am having trouble with my attorney, who can I call?

File a complaint against an attorney by calling 800-843-9053
Interested in helping Veterans?

Contact the State Bar at and we will send contact and case information for your geographical area.
I am a veteran, how can I get legal help?

Visit Resources for Veterans and Active Military Members
Learn about the Pro Bono Awards.

Every year at the Annual Meeting the State Bar honors recipients showing exemplary pro bono work.

Learn more or seee the past recipients at
Find the nearest Courts Self-Help Center
How can I volunteer after a disaster strikes?

Learn how to provide legal assistance to disaster survivors.

Sign-up to be an on-call volunteer at

More Pro Bono Resources