Bar Association of San Francisco, Legal Referral and Information Service

Ways to Contact:

Call Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm, for legal intake with the Legal Referral and Information Service: 415.989.1616.


There are two steps:

  • During the initial call, Bar Association staff will do an intake to determine what type of help you need.
  • Within 1-2 days, the staff member will call you back with information about your referral, including the name of the lawyer who has agreed to meet with you, and the date/time/location of your first meeting.

There is no cost for the intake and referral.The first meeting with the private attorney typically costs $35.



If possible, have all documents related to your legal issue gathered and available for the intake. Say you were referred by Project Legal Link.

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Languages Spoken

Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Farsi

General Advice

This is the Bar Association of San Francisco’s legal intake line that connects callers to private lawyers AND screens clients for help through the Bar Association’s Justice and Diversity Center (pro bono services). This page summarizes info for clients looking for a private attorney referral. Private attorney referrals are usually most applicable for low-income populations when there is no non-profit help available, or for cases where there might be funds recovered to pay an attorney (personal injury, a lawsuit against someone to recover funds for some kind of damage, SSI/SSDI, insurance cases, etc.).

More information about the pro bono services of the Justice and Diversity Center are on the JDC’s page HERE.