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Youth Law Center

Human Services

Youth Law Center

Legal education, counsel and representation in reform of the law regarding the rights of minors.


The Youth Law Center is a nonprofit public interest law program that works to protect the rights, health and lives of disadvantaged children and families. The work of the Youth Law Center focuses on reform of the law in juvenile justice and child welfare. The Center's overall purposes are to protect children from abuse (focusing upon those in out-of-home placement), and to ensure that they receive the treatment and services to which they are legally entitled. Staff attorneys work through technical assistance, public education, legislative advocacy and litigation when necessary. They also work with other legal service organizations, social service personnel, law enforcement personnel, judges, and private attorneys representing youth and children; assist states with legislative advocacy; prepare manuals and training materials for lawyers and youth advocates; and respond to requests for assistance from state and local officials, community groups, parents and attorneys.


Public Transit:

MUNI - Market Street lines. BART - Montgomery Street Station.
200 Pine Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94104 37.7923367 -122.4001274 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair





Children and youth in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems and their families


Youth in the juvenile justice or child welfare system with systemic problem

How to Apply:

Apply by phone. Appointment necessary.

Service Areas:

  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • Nationwide
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County