Dream Center

Legal Services


Direct immigration legal services are available free of charge to CSU Northridge students, faculty, staff and immediate family. An immigration attorney is onsite on a weekly basis for general immigration related consultations. The legal services provided focus primarily on DACA renewals and general assistance in filling out immigration forms, such as family-based petitions.

Funding for the services is provided by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) in collaboration with the CSU Chancellor's Office. Legal services are provided by the Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles (CARECEN).

Founded in 1983, CARECEN, is the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the country; it empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity.

Schedule a CARECEN Appointment

CARECEN services at the DREAM Center are only available for current CSU-affiliated individuals (student, staff, faculty) and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children).

For information about community legal services for non-CSU affiliated individuals or extended relatives, visit the California Department of Social Services Immigration Services webpage.

Student Legal Support Clinic

The Student Legal Support Clinic is a unique collaboration between CSUN, Associated Students and Southwestern Law School’s Community Lawyering Clinic that offers a variety of immigration legal services for CSUN Students. The services available to you include consultations, information about legal rights, referrals to reputable pro-bono or low-cost legal services and legal empowerment workshops. For guidance and services related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Violence against Women Act (VAWA), U visa, Naturalization Services and more, you can make an appointment with the Student Legal Support Clinic.