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Student Legal Services

The Student Legal Services (“SLS”) mission is to support student retention by improving students’ ability to stay in school via high‐quality counseling and assistance with their legal issues. The Attorney for Students advises currently registered Cal students regarding their legal questions, rights, and obligations.  A student legal consultation might include (but is not limited to) one of the following examples: a landlord-tenant dispute, a citation for a criminal infraction or misdemeanor, filing an action in California Small Claims Court, questions related to credit card debt and/or collection actions, issues arising from a car accident or auto insurance, or questions about family law.

Once you have reviewed this page, to make an appointment for a free and confidential 30-minute consultation:

  • Call (510) 664-7487 OR

  • Stop by 102 Sproul Hall

 


SLS offers the following services:  

  • Legal Consultations:  Free and confidential 30‐minute consultations for currently registered students offering advice and guidance related to their legal questions, rights, and obligations.  Areas of law include landlord/tenant, criminal, credit and collection matters, auto and health insurance claims, accidents and personal injury, consumer fraud, technology and privacy issues, general contract law, small claims actions, traffic and alcohol citations, basic estate planning, and family law.  SLS does not represent students, but assists in the preparation and review of letters, legal documents, and court filings.  SLS provides referrals to outside counsel or other third‐party resources as appropriate. Through their Tip Sheets and Forms, students can learn more about  common areas of legal questions for students.
  • Workshops: SLS presents educational sessions about legal rights and obligations on various topics of interest or concern to students. The Attorney for Students advises currently registered Cal students regarding their legal questions, rights, and obligations.  A student legal consultation might include (but is not limited to) one of the following examples: a landlord-tenant dispute, a citation for a criminal infraction or misdemeanor, filing an action in California Small Claims Court, questions related to credit card debt and/or collection actions, issues arising from a car accident or auto insurance, or questions about family law.

Please review the information and materials on the Student Legal Services Web site (including the Tip Sheets) before making an appointment - these resources may answer your questions.  

When you arrive for your appointment at 102 Sproul Hall, you will need to show your current Cal Photo ID.  Please also bring any relevant documents to your appointment - these would include items such as a lease, a ticket/citation received from police, a notice received from the court, a civil court summons, a demand letter from a creditor/collector, or a written contract/agreement.  All discussions and documents shared with SLS are strictly confidential.


In the 2015‐16 year there was a total of 972 total legal consultations

*Please note that Student Legal Services provides counsel and guidance only, and does not represent or advocate for individual students with regard to their potential legal claims or disputes.  If your situation requires legal representation, the Attorney for Students will help refer you to appropriate resources.  Student Legal Services counsel and guidance is limited to California law only.