UC Immigrant Legal Services Center
The University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center serves the immigration-related legal needs of undocumented and immigrant students in the University of California system.
Operating out of UC Davis School of Law, the groundbreaking program reaches out to students at UC campuses —UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Riverside—to provide, free of charge, the legal assistance they need in order to achieve their educational goals and reach their full potential.
California is home to approximately 2.5 million undocumented immigrants—more than any other state. Many who were brought into the country as children now find themselves encountering significant barriers as they pursue higher education. Among other problems, undocumented students face difficulties in applying for work and financial aid, and they often fear that disclosing their status to school administrators will have legal consequences for their families. The state and federal governments offer programs that can help, but successful use of these resources requires a level of legal expertise not readily available in most immigrant communities. The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center helps to fill that need.
Get in Touch
Our attorneys visit the campuses two to three times a quarter to provide full legal services. To learn more about our services, please visit the “Services for Students and Families” link.
To make an appointment or to find out more about our services and scheduled visits, please contact us. You can find our information on the “Contact Us” tab.
We at the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center provide free immigration legal services to undocumented UC students and their immediate family members. Given the nature of our work and our close collaboration with the immigrant community, we are deeply disturbed by the announcement made on January 25, 2017 by President Trump’s administration to begin the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and target ‘sanctuary’ cities. We recognize that these policies give rise to heightened insecurity and fear in our communities in addition to discrimination against these communities based on religion, race, ethnicity, and national identity. The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center is committed to supporting and building coalition with groups that are challenging these damaging policies as we continue to provide free legal services directly to students and families. Our Center advocates for the rights and just treatment of all immigrants and all people, and we move forward in solidarity with all immigrants.
The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center thanks the NextGen Foundation for its generous one year gift of $90,000 to support legal services at our Southern California Campuses and it's in-kind support to help other post-secondary institutions across the country and in California with a tool kit and technical assistance to help start up legal immigration services for their students. The UCIMM Toolkit Site is composed of key resources to help establish immigration legal services for students.
Please check out the UCIMM Toolkit Site here: https://ucimmtoolkit.ucop.edu