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Local Resources

On-Campus and Community Legal Resources


On-campus Resources

  1. Office of the Ombuds:

The office of the Ombuds is a “safe confidential and informal place where UC Merced community members can go for informal assistance with managing conflict, complaints, and concerns with a colleague, classmate, supervisor, or anyone else on campus. The Ombuds will listen; help identify options; make inquiries and make referrals as appropriate; and/or facilitate resolutions in an impartial manner.

If you have a dispute or conflict you would like mediated or more information on the Ombuds office you can call to schedule an appointment at (209) – 228 – 4410.


  1. Services for Undocumented Students

The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center provides free legal consultations to UC Merced students and their immediate family members. For more information, check out our "Legal Support" tab on the Undocumented Student Services site. If you have questions pertaining to legal assistance, please contact our UC ILSC legal fellow Rachel R. Ray at & or Sergio Alfredo Giro at


Community Legal Resources

  1. County of Merced Court’s Self Help Center:

At the self-help center a team of paralegals and an attorney is available to assist you with the following case types:

  • Landlord/Tenant (Unlawful Detainer or Eviction)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
  • Name Change
  • Guardianship of a Minor
  • Civil Harassment
  • Small Claims
  • Emancipation
  • Restraining Orders

Services are available via telephone, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm at (209) 725-4168, by email to or

You can find the Self Help Center’s website here:


  1. Central California Legal Services (CCLS)

The purpose of CCLS is to fight social injustice, to provide education and representation to the disadvantaged and to maintain access to the legal system.

Their Legal Advice & Referral line can be reached at (800) 675-8001 on Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 2:30 pm. The line is closed on holidays and staff training days.

For more information and to see if you qualify for their services, check out their website which can be found here:


  1. State Bar of California – Free Legal Services

The state bar of California has a plethora of free legal services at their disposal. They offer services from free legal information and lawyer referral services.

You can access their services here:


  1. Attorney Search Network

Attorney Search Network is a Lawyer Referral and Information Service established to help individuals find the right attorney by referring them to qualified legal professionals in most areas of the law. Attorney search network is a Lawyer Referral and Information Service certified by the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. More information on how to use their services can be found on their website here: