Appellate Law

Public Counsel's Appellate Law Program helps self-represented litigants better represent themselves in their civil matters and provides pro bono representation in selected cases. The Program thereby increases access to justice and improves efficiency in the courts. The Program operates two clinics, one for civil appeals and one for federal district court cases in the Central District of California. Both clinics assist self-represented litigants in a wide variety of civil cases. Read More

Contact Information

For the location and hours of the Federal pro se walk-in clinic, click here.

Public Counsel's Self-Help Appellate walk-in clinic provides procedural information and assistance to people who are representing themselves in state court appeals.  

It is open most Wednesdays from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00.  On the last Wednesday of the month, it is open 9:00 to 12:00.  Visitors are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Clinic location:

California Court of Appeals

300 S. Spring Street, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA  90013


  • A New Public-Interest Appellate Model Public Counsel's court-based self-help clinic and pro bono "triage" for indigent pro se civil litigants on appeal. Authored by Meehan Rasch and published in The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process.
  • Public Counsel Federal Pro Se Clinic Annual Report 2009-2010 The Clinic offers free legal assistance to pro se litigants with civil cases in federal court. Located on-site in the Central District's U.S. Courthouse, the Clinic is equipped to provide meaningful legal assistance to pro se litigants, with services ranging from identifying the next procedural step in a case to drafting pleadings for indigent litigants with meritorious claims.
  • Evaluating Appeals - Volunteer Opportunity This document describes what Public Counsel asks of an attorney who agrees to volunteer to evaluate an appeal for our Appellate Law Program.