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 Clinic (by appointment only), click here.

Public Counsel's Self-Help Appellate 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 1:00 to 5:00.  Clinic consultations are by appointment onlyIn July, the regular schedule will change due to holidays.   The clinic will be closed on July 4, 18 and 25, and open on July 11.   Be sure to listen to the message on the telephone line provided below for any schedule updates.

Appointments for the Appellate Self-Help Clinic can be made by calling (213) 830-7234 on Tuesdays between 8:00 a.m.

and noon.  Clinic staff will confirm appointments by telephone or e-mail no later than 4:00 p.m. that same day. Appointments will be for the next day the clinic is open, which is usually Wednesday.


Priority for appointments will be given to the first ten callers who were not served in the Clinic the previous week.
Callers who do not receive appointment confirmation by 4:00 p.m. on the day of their call, do not have an appointment and will not be admitted to the Clinic.


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.