California Western School of Law proudly serves the needs of our community through our community education programs and legal clinics. Read on to learn more about our many programs offering pro bono and reduced-price legal services, as well as referrals to practicing attorneys in San Diego.
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This list is for informational purposes. California Western School of Law does not provide legal advice or endorse any particular provider.
The Access to Law Initiative brings affordable and pro bono assistance to people who lack access to legal services, while supporting California Western graduates who engage in solo or small firm practice or participate in a nonprofit entity. The project operates out of two law offices in downtown San Diego with attorneys providing a wide range of legal services. Click through for more information on the project and attorneys.
The California Innocence Project is a law school clinical program in which California Western students help identify, investigate, and litigate claims of actual innocence. Since its inception in 1999, the project has helped to free 11 innocent people and continues to advocate on behalf of the California 12, a dozen men and women who remain in prison despite compelling evidence of innocence.
The Community Law Project provides legal advice to low-income and indigent members of the local community, while developing a commitment to public service in California Western students who work within the clinics. We offer legal clinics in the San Diego communities of City Heights, Downtown, and Lemon Grove. Click through for more information for clients and students.
New Media Rights is a non-profit program that provides legal services, education, and advocacy for Internet users and creators. California Western students work closely with program staff and clients to analyze policies related to online content creation. Students can help create informational videos, prepare policy briefs, and contribute to the program’s work with the FCC and other agencies.
The Trademark Clinic provides free legal services for individuals and small businesses wishing to obtain a federal trademark or service mark from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our students, working under the supervision of a California-licensed attorney, provide legal assistance to clients who can afford the administrative filing fees but do not have the means to hire an attorney to advise them.
California Western’s immigration clinic works with ACCESS Inc. and the Operation Samahan medical-legal clinic in National City to offer assistance to those seeking lawful immigration status, employment verification, and public assistance under provisions of the Violence Against Women Act. Students who participate in the clinic work closely with supervising attorneys to help clients resolve their immigration issues.