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Students providing pro bono services through the Community Law Project

Downtown

City Heights

Mid-City

Solana Beach

The Community Law Project (CLP) provides free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities in each of its five clinics spread throughout San Diego County.

The Community Law Project welcomes California Western law student volunteers and attorney volunteers. Law students work one-on-one with clients and volunteer attorneys in a variety of legal areas, according to their interests. This unique opportunity allows volunteer law students to experience the benefits of helping those in need while learning essential lawyering skills from experienced practitioners.

Specialty areas include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Personal Injury
  • Fair Housing
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Access to public benefits
  • Immigration Law
  • Consumer Law

CLP also provides periodic workshops and presentations on topics of interest. Attorneys are frequently available for personal consultation following the workshops and presentations.

Law students who volunteer with CLP can deepen their understanding of public interest work and debrief their live client experiences through a classroom component taught by CLP's Executive Director, Dana Sisitsky.

To donate to the Community Law Project, click here.

Downtown San Diego

CLP in Downtown San Diego operates in conjunction with the Third Avenue Charitable Organization at the First Lutheran Church. California Western students, staff, and attorney volunteers work with volunteers from different disciplines, including medicine and social work, to provide comprehensive assistance to community members in need.

Clinic Location: First Lutheran Church - 1420 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Clinic Hours: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (please arrive as early as possible to assure being seen that same evening)

City Heights

CLP in City Heights is comprised of two school-based clinics that offer free legal information and referrals to students and parents. The City Heights clinics are located on the Hoover High and Rosa Parks Elementary campuses. CWSL students, volunteers, and staff work closely with the social workers at the schools to provide comprehensive assistance to community members.

Hoover High Clinic Location: Herbert Hoover High School - 4474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115
Hoover High Clinic Hours: Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rosa Parks Clinic Location: Rosa Parks Elementary School - 4510 Landis Street, San Diego, CA 92105
Rosa Parks Clinic Hours: Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mid-City

CLP operates a "mobile" clinic throughout the Mid-City neighborhood of San Diego. The Mid-City clinic aims to assist the refugee communities that reside in this area of San Diego.

Clinic Location: Rotating Mid-City Locations
Clinic Hours: One Thursday per month from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please visit our website, www.cwclp.org, for clinic dates and locations.

Solana Beach

CLP’s North County site is located in Solana Beach and operates in St. Leo's Mission Church. At the Solana Beach site, California Western students, staff, and attorney volunteers have the opportunity to assist low income and indigent communities in North County with their legal needs.

Clinic Location: St. Leo's Mission Church - 936 Genevieve Street, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Clinic Hours: One Wednesday per month from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please visit our website, www.cwclp.org, for clinic dates.

Contact Us

For more information about the Community Law Project, site closures, how to volunteer, and for information about the CLP class, please visit their website at www.cwclp.org or contact our Executive Director, Dana Sisitsky at dsisitsky@cwsl.edu.