Student Services


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.


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 Ilene Ochoa

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 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.

Kyle Valenti Square

Emily Bruce

Emily Bruce Portrait

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

Emily joined the Office of Student Services in 2018. Her responsibilities include academic advising, supporting student organizations, and Midweek Mindfulness. Emily previously has been a Lecturer in the Legal Studies Program at UC Berkeley, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Legal Practice at the University of Michigan Law School, an Associate at a law firm in the Midwest, and a judicial clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court. Born and raised in Southern California, Emily enjoys hiking in the beautiful Bay Area and playing Exploding Kittens with her kids.

Kyle Kate Dudley

Assistant Director for Accessible Education
Go to Kyle Kate’s Calendar for appointments regarding academic advising, accommodations, or other issues.

Kyle Kate Dudley is thrilled to be a new addition to the Student Services team and work in accessible education. As an attorney, she has worked in civil legal aid, art law, and youth law, with a focus on advocating for a shift in how educators perceive students and how we encourage students to view themselves. Prior to her transition to the law, Kyle Kate worked in non-profit management and ran a conservatory theatre for young people aged 8 to 18. She is a graduate of New York University and UC Davis School of Law and she loves sewing, running, and dance.

Kyle Kate Portrait

Amanda Tran

Amanda Tran Portrait

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

Ilene Ochoa

Student Services Administrator
Email for general inquiries, reimbursements, or other issues. 

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.