There are over 4 million people living in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara—the counties served by the Access 2 Justice program. The majority of the individuals who utilize Self-Help Services in the Bay Area do so because they cannot afford legal representation and need assistance navigating complicated court proceedings.


By providing one-on-one assistance, legal information, referrals, and assistance with forms completion, Access 2 Justice interns help litigants move forward with their legal matters. 

Access 2 Justice interns not only gain substantive training in family and civil law, but assist vulnerable communities who would be impacted by the law socioeconomically. 

Access 2 Justice interns, depending on site location, assist litigants with the following legal issues:


Start Parentage


Small Claims

Spousal Support


Restraining Orders

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California Rule of Court 10.960 provides that court-based self help centers are a core function. Self-help centers serve as a single point of access for court users navigating the court system on their own.