Services

Services, Policies, Limitations, and Fees

Principal Functions

In furtherance of its mission, the principal functions performed by Student Legal Services are:

  • Assisting students regarding legal problems by answering questions, explaining the individual's legal rights and responsibilities, and describing available options. This counseling is privileged and confidential.
  • Negotiating on behalf of the student with other parties to a legal problem, e.g., landlords, creditors, insurance companies, public and private dispensers of consumer services, and various University departments.
  • Drafting letters and legal documents for the student or assisting the student in the drafting of these documents.
  • Advising the student to seek the assistance of an attorney who can represent him/her in cases where courtroom appearances are likely and providing appropriate referrals.
  • Preparing and presenting programs and materials on legal issues of interest to students, e.g., speaking at orientations and campus housing facilities, conducting workshops for student groups, disseminating brochures on common legal problems, and developing and maintaining an informational website.
  • Training and supervising staff who volunteer to present students' cases at Student Conduct Committee hearings.

Conflict Policy

When a dispute arises between two or more current UCLA students, Student Legal Services (SLgS) can provide only information to the concerned parties. SLgS cannot represent any of the parties to the conflict, provide our full range of services, or advocate for either side. The students involved in the dispute who seek the services of SLgS are first fully informed of the SLgS Conflict Policy. At the time the students seek our services, we offer to meet with each side in the dispute on a one-time basis to provide information regarding the relevant laws and resources. We do not advocate for either side.

Once the student signs the Conflict Information Session Agreement, an appointment for an information session is scheduled. After the information session, in appropriate cases, SLgS may be able to mediate the dispute upon the request of all parties involved. SLgS also will provide referrals to alternative dispute resolution services, such as the UCLA Office of Ombuds Services.

It is within the discretion of the attorneys to determine whether the services provided by the office shall be limited, especially in cases where the attorneys lack expertise in the area and/or the time and resources required to handle the matter would unreasonably reduce the services available to other students.

Limitations on Services

UCLA Student Legal Services imposes the following restrictions on its services:

  • Student Legal Services (SLgS) offers its services only to students who are currently registered and enrolled at UCLA or, during the recess period between quarters or the summer period, have completed the immediately preceding term and are eligible for re-enrollment.
  • SLgS provides advice, but does not provide representation for students in court or at any other type of hearing. Furthermore, it is the policy of SLgS not to handle complex litigation. SLgS also provides no assistance regarding appeals.
  • SLgS provides no assistance for contested or out-of-state family law matters; it provides assistance only for uncontested California family law matters, including simple dissolutions of marriage.
  • SLgS can draft only simple wills for California residents. It provides no assistance regarding estate planning or probate matters, including inter vivos trusts and other estate planning documents.
  • SLgS offers only limited assistance regarding real property and immigration matters. SLgS offers no assistance or advice regarding tax, worker's compensation, or medical or legal malpractice.
  • The services offered by SLgS are available only to individual students regarding their own legal issues. SLgS does not assist partnerships, corporations, associations, or organizations. SLgS also does not assist students with their business affairs.
  • It is within the discretion of the attorneys to determine whether the services provided by the office shall be limited, especially in cases where the attorneys lack expertise in the area and/or the time and resources required to handle the matter would unreasonably reduce the services available to other students.

2012-2013 Fee Schedule

Service Cost
Initial Consultation (one hour) $10
Ongoing assistance with follow up consultations and research (but no representation in dealing with other people/companies) $30
Ongoing assistance with follow up consultations, research, and representation in dealing with other people/companies (but not outside of the SLgS office) $50
Dissolution of Marriage (including a Marital Settlement Agreement) $330
Summary Dissolution of Marriage (including a Marital Settlement Agreement) $255
Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare $35
Will $180
Power of Attorney $50
Advance Health Care Directive $50
Name Change $80

Immigration Consultation Program

We are facilitating a program to have immigration attorneys provide a free consultation on campus for UCLA students once a month. Experienced immigration attorneys will waive their fee for an initial consultation and give students valuable information and advice. Students will be allowed to have one free consultation each year.

The next consultation day is listed under updates on the homepage. Please call us right away if you are interested in having a consultation, as there are a limited number of appointments. You also will need to complete the intake form (below), which will be sent to the attorney before the day of your consultation.

Immigration Consultation Intake Form