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Federal Pro Se Clinic

Public Counsel's Federal Pro Se Clinic can provide free legal assistance to people representing themselves in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  The Clinic does not assist with criminal, bankruptcy, habeas, appeals, or any state cases.  The Clinic does not provide representation in court and cannot find an attorney to represent you.

The Clinic is located in the Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse, 255 East Temple Street, Suite 270, Los Angeles, CA   90012. 

The Clinic is open on most Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, by appointment only.  To make an appointment, call (213) 385-2977 ext. 270 or fill out the online intake application for services below.

 

NEED LEGAL HELP?

Federal Pro Se Clinic Online Intake Application 

 

CLINIC FORMS, GUIDES, AND SAMPLES

The Clinic has prepared the following forms, guides, and samples for use in the District Court for the Central District of California.  Many of the guides include forms with easy to understand instructions.

 

Starting a Case in Federal Court

Guide: How to Prepare a Federal Case

Guide: How to Write a Complaint

General Complaint Form

Civil Rights Complaint Form

Social Security Complaint Form

Guide: Can I Sue a Judge?

Guide: Can I Appeal a State Court Decision to Federal Court?

 

Responding to a Lawsuit in Federal Court

Guide: How to Answer the Complaint

Answer Form

Guide: What Do I Do If I Have Been Sued?

 

Service of Process

Guide: Serving an Individual

Guide: Serving a Corporation

Guide: Serving the United States

Guide: Serving an Agency of the United States

Guide: Serving the Social Security Administration

Guide: Serving a Federal Officer in their Official Capacity

Guide: Serving a Federal Officer in their Individual Capacity

Guide: Serving a Local or Municipal Government

Guide: Serving a State or Local Goverment Agency

Guide: Serving a State or Local Government Officer

 

Motions and Requests

Guide: How File a Motion

Guide: How to Oppose a Motion

Guide: How to File a Motion for Summary Judgment

Guide: How to Oppose a Motion for Summary Judgment

Guide: How to File an Ex Parte Application

Request for Extension Form

Memorandum in Support of Motion for Leave to Amend Complaint Form

 

Discovery

Guide: Discovery Basics

Guide: Initial Discovery Obligations

Guide: Request for Admissions

Guide: Request for Production

Guide: Interrogatories

Sample 26(f) Report

Plaintiff's Initial Disclosures Form

Defendant's Initial Disclosures Form

Guide: How to File a Motion to Compel

 

Default

Guide: How to Enter Default Against Defendants

Guide: How to Move to Set Aside Entry of Default

 

Post-judgment

Guide: The Potential Costs of Losing Your Case in Federal Court

 

Pleading Paper, Caption Paper, and Other Miscellaneous Forms

MS Word Pleading Paper Caption Page

MS Word Pleading Paper

Memorandum of Points and Authorities Form

 

 

Online Form - Federal Pro Se Clinic Intake Application