The Student Services Office is available for academic and personal advising and counseling. Students are encouraged to come to Student Services to discuss academic plans, questions about the profession, personal concerns, summer jobs, accommodations, and other matters. Students are welcome to schedule appointments by checking the links below.
In addition to counseling individual students, Student Services works with the Student Association at Berkeley Law (SABL) and all the student organizations, supporting their social and community activities. Special funding is made available for individual students, with prior application and approval, for attendance at legal conferences.
Student Services is a resource if something happens in a classroom that makes any student uncomfortable or concerned. If you have a concern about a classroom incident or classroom climate, please contact any of the Student Services Advisors at the contact information below.
Location: 280 Simon Hall
Phone Number: 510.643.2744
Dean of Students
To make appointments with Dean Hirshen for academic advising, Moral Character application, parenting in law school, or other issues email Ilene Ochoa firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annik Hirshen is the Dean of Students. She joined the law school in 2008. Dean Hirshen has worked for UC for over twenty years in different capacities. Before her work at Berkeley law, she was the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at UC Davis. She also spent five interesting years at the UC Office of the President working on system-wide student affairs policy issues (her law degree was very helpful!). She started her UC career coordinating judicial affairs in Housing here at Berkeley. Dean Hirshen grew up in the Bay Area. When she isn’t spending time with her family, she loves reading mysteries (or really any escapist novel – she loves to get suggestions).
Kyle is the Senior Director of Student Services at Berkeley Law. Before joining the Office of Student Services in 2016, he was an Associate at a small Labor and Employment firm in San Francisco. Kyle clerked for the Hon. Jenny Rivera on the New York Court of Appeals and was a civil rights fellow at LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Kyle grew up in the Bay Area, loves dogs, and knows the best places to get frozen yogurt.
Chelsea Yuan is the Assistant Director for Student Services, Accessible Education. Chelsea holds a JD from the University of Texas, Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, she practiced civil litigation in the Bay Area for 15 years, focusing on maritime law. In addition to her work at the law firm, Chelsea also taught Legal Research and Writing at UC Hastings College of the Law. Originally from Texas, Chelsea loves to travel and spending time with her family, including an orange tabby cat who likes to interject his opinions on Zoom calls.
Erika is the Associate Director of Student Services at Berkeley Law. Erika holds a JD from Berkeley Law and a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, she worked in employment law and economic justice issues in Los Angeles. In addition to her legal work, Erika also served as an elected official in her local Neighborhood Council. Erika was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and was raised in CA’s Central Valley. She enjoys going to concerts and Dodger games and spending time at the beach.
Amanda is the Exam Administrator here at Berkeley Law. She is the go to person for all things exams, midterms and quizzes for both the faculty and students. She has a Master’s in Health Administration from University of Missouri Columbia (MIZ! ZOU!) and previously worked for the Medical School and Women’s & Children’s Hospital. She enjoys traveling and spending time at the plentiful beaches that California has to offer with her husband and her dog, Luna.
Ilene is the Student Services Administrator at Berkeley Law. She completed her Sociology degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. She spent the past four years working in higher education as a Transfer Peer Educator and Administrative Assistant. Ilene grew up in Long Beach, CA, enjoys yoga, and knows the best places to get donuts in LA.