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Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)

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Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)

Offers free legal advice sessions to low-income persons.


CLSEPA offers full-time practice programs in tenants' rights (housing) and immigration services. In both, free or low-cost bimonthly evening advice and brief service sessions are offered. These sessions also function as intake for the housing and immmigration programs if follow-up work is needed in cases. Information on housing and immigration law are also available in Spanish and English through community "know your rights" presentations, conducted by CLSEPA staff members. The Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP) addresses civil matters such as consumer contracts, debt collection, and fraud through weekly clinics on Monday nights. Clients receive free advice and brief services, and some cases are placed with pro bono counsel at outside law firms for further representation, depending on the nature of the case. The Anti-Predatory Lending Post-Foreclosure Eviction Program helps low-income homeowners at risk of losing their homes due to illegal and predatory home loans, and tenants at risk of eviction when their landlords are foreclosed. Also offers assistance in loan modification. Interested clients should call the CLSEPA office to make an appointment for Immigration, Housing, VAP, and Predatory Lending.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops in front.
1861 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 37.4729338 -122.1333768 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Wheelchair


Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

Service Description:

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) provides legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in East Palo Alto and the surrounding community. Their practice areas include housing, immigration, and economic advancement. CLSEPA does not provide legal assistance with criminal matters. CLSEPA provide legal assistance and advice to over 6,000 community members per year. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, and community volunteers work with our dedicated staff members to provide life-changing legal services to residents in need.


Vary according to program: some are free or low-cost.


low income residents


Low-income person

How to Apply:

Call for an appointment. Appointments are necessary.

Service Wait Estimate:

Up to 2 weeks depending on the program.

Service Areas:

  • Belmont
  • Burlingame
  • Central San Mateo County
  • East Palo Alto
  • Foster City
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park
  • Redwood City
  • San Carlos
  • San Mateo