Self-Help Centers

NLSLA operates ten Self-Help Legal Access Centers across Los Angeles County—the largest network of self-help centers in California. Piloted by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, the NLSLA Centers have helped close to a million people access the courts during the past decade. The Centers are staffed by NLSLA advocates, legal services partners’ staff, dedicated volunteers, and Justice Corps students.

The Centers provide guidance to litigants:

  • Requiring protection from domestic violence
  • Resolving child custody disputes
  • Seeking a divorce
  • Halting an eviction to avoid being homeless.

Self-Help Centers are located at Courthouses in Antelope Valley, Compton, Inglewood, Long Beach, Pasadena, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Monica, Torrance, and Van Nuys.

“Through no fault of their own, purely for financial reasons, too many members of our community have found themselves locked out of our civil justice system when they most need help with family law matters, health and housing problems, and consumer, small-business or employment disputes. For these residents, Neighborhood Legal Services and the Self-Help Legal Access Centers they operate are the key to the courthouse door, and I’m very proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish over the past 15 years.”

– Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor

Funded by the County of Los Angeles and the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund.

For a full listing of all Self-Help Legal Access Centers in Los Angeles County, including hours, locations, and services available, click here:  Self-Help Legal Access Centers