Off-Campus Housing Legal Consultation Services

The Student Union Assembly, in partnership with the Dean of Students and the UC Legal/ UCSC Office of Campus Counsel, is pleased to provide UCSC students with access to free legal consultation services related to off-campus, non-UCSC housing issues. 

If you need help understanding your lease agreement or are experiencing a dispute with a landlord, Off-Campus Legal Consultation Services is available to you through McManis Law. When you contact McManis Law, you will go through an intake process and then a meeting will be scheduled with an attorney. At the first meeting, the attorney will consult with you about the issues that you are experiencing, and you will receive a consultation about your legal rights and obligations, and advice on potential next steps. These services are free of charge and students may receive two consultations per each legal issue.

Contact Information: Call 408-918-2091 for a consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do students pay for these services?
    • No, this is a free legal consultation service for students.
  • Can I seek advice about non-housing issues?
    • No, this service is designed to provide legal consultation about non-UCSC, off-campus housing related issues.
  • What can I expect if I call the number for Off-Campus Legal Consultation Service?
    • The phone number provided is a dedicated telephone number for UCSC students to call to schedule an appointment with an attorney. When you call, an assigned staff member from McManis Law will answer and obtain your email address, phone number and physical address. The person you speak with will then schedule you for a phone call or a Zoom meeting with an attorney.
  • How soon can I speak with an attorney?
    • If you call the law firm before 4:00 pm, you will be assured an attorney would be available to speak with you no later than the next business day.
  • What can I expect when I speak with an attorney?
    • Consultations will give you information about your legal rights and obligations, and advise you about potential next steps. You might also be directed to other appropriate resources depending on what is needed to assist you in your particular situation.
  • How long will the consultation last?
    • Depending on your needs, consultations can be up to 45 minutes each.
  • How many times can I speak with an attorney?
    • Students may receive up to two consultations for each legal issue. If a student has multiple, discrete issues, it is possible to provide additional consultations. Consultations are capped at five per year for any individual student.
  • If I am living with my family, can they receive support from Off-Campus Legal Consultation Service?
    • Yes, if your family member resides with you, they may access the service for non-UCSC, off campus housing issues.
  • Can I use Off-Campus Legal Consultation Service for off-campus housing disputes that involve other UCSC students or non-affiliates?   
    • It depends on the specific situation. Contact the firm to set up an intake appointment to determine if they can support you with your particular issues.  You may also seek support from the UCSC Conflict Resolution Office
  • Can I use this service for disputes with on-campus housing or UCSC off-campus housing?
    • No, Off-Campus Legal Consultation Service is for non-UCSC, off-campus housing issues only. 
  • Is this service available to UCSC employees?
    • Only in instances in which the employee is living with the student and experiencing the same housing issue. However, employees have access to the ARAG legal insurance benefit program called Legal Now. Call 1-800-255-3352 for more information.