Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Rating: 4.94 stars   47 reviews


Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123 Redwood City CA 94065 USA


The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is a private, non-profit law firm created in 1959 to provide free civil legal services to low income residents of San Mateo County who are particularly vulnerable due to age, disability, language, or family violence. Legal Aid’s mission is to help disadvantaged people improve their lives through equal access to justice. Legal Aid provides individual representation, community education, systemic advocacy and strategic collaborative approaches to address legal issues and resolve problems in important areas of basic need including health, housing, income and freedom from violence. Legal Aid is an integral part of San Mateo County’s safety net, collaborating with community agencies, local government, health care providers and many others to provide coordinated services to low-income residents. Legal Aid leverages its resources by recruiting, training, and supervising nearly 400 pro bono attorneys and legal workers who provide thousands of hours of free legal service each year. As an independent legal service provider, the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is not bound by restrictions imposed by federal legal services funding.


Since our founding hundreds of thousands of vulnerable and low income families have been able to stay in affordable homes and/or overcome food insecurity; children have been able to access health care coverage and medical care; adult, teen and senior survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse have been able to stabilize their lives and live in safety.

Target demographics:

children, families, seniors, persons with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year:

2844 clients in 2014

Geographic areas served:

San Mateo County


legal services

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Reviews for Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Rating: 5 stars  

SM Legal Aid was instrumental in assisting my mother with a Landlord/Tenant issue. They helped her understand her rights and advocate for herself. They are leaders and zealous advocates.

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