Student Legal Services (SLS)
General Information and Scope of Services
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 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.
New in Fall 2014: City of Berkeley Rent Board Drop-In Counseling Hours On Campus
Starting on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Housing Counselors from the City of Berkeley's Rent Board will host advising hours at 102 Sproul Hall every Wednesday from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. The counselors do not offer legal advice, but can provide specific information regarding the regulations that affect many City of Berkeley residential rental units. No appointment is necessary.
Student Legal Services Conflict Policy
Because Student Legal Services is available to all currently registered UC Berkeley students, when a matter arises creating a potential dispute or conflict between two or more students, SLS can provide only information to the concerned parties (no strategic advice or advocacy). The students involved in the matter who seek assistance from Student Legal Services will be informed of this conflict policy, and will be asked to sign a "Conflict Information Session Agreement." After signing this agreement, Student Legal Services will be available to meet with the applicable students in the dispute one time to provide information regarding legal rights, but will only provide referrals and general information (such as the information contained in SLS "Tip Sheets" and "Forms" on this Web site). SLS will not advocate for either side. After the informational/referral meeting(s) with the student(s) invovled in the conflict, Student Legal Services may, in appropriate cases, be able to assist with mediating the dispute, upon the request and with the consent of all parties involved.
Making an Appointment/Preparing for Your Appointment
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. Once you have reviewed this page, to make an appointment for a free and confidential 30-minute consultation:
Call (510) 642-3916, or
Stop by 102 Sproul Hall
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 poilce, 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.