The Consumer Justice & General Clinic provides brief services and representation to low-income consumers facing a wide variety of issues, including debt collection, student loans, credit reporting, predatory lending, identity theft, and consumer scams.
Attorneys and advocates can provide the following types of assistance:
- Defending consumers on debt-collection lawsuits
- Protecting consumers’ assets by contesting wage garnishments, bank levies, and other creditor liens.
- Educating consumers through materials and outreach about deceptive, unfair, illegal, and/or predatory consumer programs and practices.
- Assisting borrowers to discharge their federal student loans or enter into more affordable repayments agreement.
- Defending consumers in disputes regarding repayment of private student loans.
- Financial assessments to help consumers develop the best priorities for their own finances.
- Correcting credit reporting errors.
- Assisting victims of identity theft.
- Defending and litigating against operations that victimize non-English speaking immigrant populations.
- Reducing barriers to housing (i.e., bad credit keeping you out of housing)
- Assisting with storage unit disputes
- Providing support for consumers whose cars have been towed
PLEASE NOTE that the Consumer Justice practice has moved to 1950 University Ave, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94704 as of 12/18/2017
Am I eligible for these services?
For consumers, free legal services are provided to individuals who:
- Reside in Alameda County
- Meet the income requirements listed below (must earn at or below 50% of Area Median Income):
1 person household – $34,150 per year
4 person household – $48,750 per year
2 person household – $39,000 per year
5 person household – $52,650 per year
3 person household – $43,900 per year
6 person household – $56,550 per year
* The East Bay Community Law Center provides free legal services to eligible East Bay clients. Specific service criteria vary by subject matter and change over time, so please contact the office with any specific questions.
** EBCLC cannot provide legal information or advice via email. Please contact us during regular intake hours to determine eligibility for services.
*** These amounts are 50% of the current Alameda County Area Median Income established by HUD.
How do I receive these services?