Student Services


The Student Services Office is available for academic and personal advising and counseling. Law 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.


Contact Us

Location: 280 Simon Hall
Phone Number: 510.643.2744


Annik Hirshen

Annik Hirshen Portrait

Dean of Students
To make appointments with Dean Hirshen for academic advising, Moral Character application, parenting in law school, or other issues email Levi Cohen (

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 Valenti

Senior Director of Student Services
Go to Kyle Valenti’s Calendar for appointments regarding academic advising or other issues.

Kyle is the Senior Director of Student Services at Berkeley Law. Before joining the Student Services Office 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 Palo Alto and has two dogs.

Kyle Valenti Portrait

Chelsea Yuan

Chelsea Yuan Portrait

Director of Student Services, Accessible Education
Go to Chelsea Yuan’s Calendar for appointments regarding accommodations, academic advising, or other issues.  

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.  

Emily Bruce

Director of Inclusion and Wellness, Student Services
Go to Emily Bruce’s Calendar for appointments regarding academic advising or other issues.

Emily Bruce is the Director of Inclusion and Wellness for Student Services. Prior to joining the Student Services Office, Emily taught in the Legal Practice Program at the University of Michigan Law School, and also taught in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program at UC Berkeley. Emily is trained as a mindfulness teacher and holds a master’s degree in counseling from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. In addition to her work on the Student Services team, Emily also teaches a course at Berkeley Law: Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Belonging in the Legal Profession.

Emily Bruce

Hannah Chang

Hannah Chang portrait

Assistant Director, Student Services
Go to Hannah Chang’s Calendar for appointments regarding academic advising or other issues.

Hannah is the Assistant Director for Student Services. Prior to joining the team at Berkeley Law, she worked at a non-profit organization as a staff attorney in San Francisco, primarily focusing on eviction defense, elder abuse, and working with survivors of domestic violence. Hannah grew up in Northeast Ohio (Go Cavs!), and found a new love for boba when she moved to California. When she can, Hannah loves going to BTS concerts, running, gaming, and spending time with her family.


Amanda Tran

Exam Administrator & Student Services Coordinator
Email for appointments regarding exam administration or other issues. 

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 and One Medical. She enjoys traveling and spending time at the plentiful beaches that California has to offer with her husband and her dog, Luna. 

Amanda Tran Portrait

Levi Cohen

Levi Cohen portrait

Student Services Administrator

Levi is the Administrator for Student Services. You’ll be seeing him at the front desk of the office. Before coming to Berkeley Law, he was living and working in New York City, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Columbia University. Levi was born and raised in the Bay Area. He enjoys reading and writing short stories, cooking for his friends and family, and going to the opera whenever he can. He wants your music recommendations–any and all genres!