The USP legal team, in collaboration with the East Bay Community Law Center, provides comprehensive legal support and representation for all current Berkeley students and family members of Berkeley students, regardless of their immigration status.

Our legal team has expertise in a wide range of immigration legal matters, including, but not limited to, family-based immigration, FOIA/criminal background checks, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, U/T visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas, DACA, advance parole, naturalization, and regularly represents clients in matters before USCIS, BIA, and the Immigration Courts.

These services are free for Berkeley students, their parents, and siblings and appointments for legal consultations must be made online through the appointment widget below. 

For Spring 2018, our legal support staff include the following people:

  • USP Attorney: Prerna Lal
  • USP Paralegal: So Young Kang
  • USP Legal Assistant: Karina Paredes Arzola

Our legal support staff is multi-lingual in Spanish, Korean, Hindi, Urdu, French and Portuguese. We also provide free interpretation and translation services for languages that we do not speak. We also have limited financial assistance for some applications, while funding lasts.

For Spring 2018, first-time appointments take place on Tuesdays at Room 129 and 148, Cesar Chavez Student Center, unless otherwise noted by the staff. Occasionally, staff will call you to EBCLC at 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 for an appointment. All consultations with the attorney, program coordinator, and legal assistant are strictly confidential and privileged information. Students should bring any pertinent immigration paperwork to the appointment with them so that we can best serve them.

In emergency legal circumstances, such as a criminal matter, ICE raid, or border apprehension, please contact the program coordinator, So Young Kang, directly at or call 510-548-4040.