The USC Gould Immigrant Legal Assistance Center (ILAC) provides free, confidential consultations, legal assistance, and referrals to members of the USC Trojan Family, students, staff members, contract employees, faculty and family members, who may be at risk of deportation, who may be eligible to apply for immigration status, or who have questions about their legal status and legal rights under the immigration laws. The Legal Assistance Center is supported by the Office of the Provost and USC Gould School of Law.

Free legal advice and assistance

Are you a member of the USC community with any of the issues listed below?

  • Individuals seeking to renew DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • Individuals with TPS (or expired TPS) (Temporary Protected Status)
  • Undocumented individuals
  • Individuals who have been arrested by immigration authorities or who believe they are in danger of being arrested by immigration authorities
  • Individuals without permanent legal status who have a citizen or permanent resident spouse or other family member
  • Individuals without permanent legal status who have been a victim of a crime
  • Individuals with or without legal status who are considering domestic or international travel
  • Individuals seeking to naturalize and become US citizens
  • Other immigration issues or questions.

Assistance for International Students and Staff. If you are an international student, staff, or faculty (F-1s, J-1s), you should seek assistance from the Office of International Services or Faculty/Staff Visa Services.

Need to renew your DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?

The USC Gould Immigrant Legal Assistance Center offers renewal application assistance. USC will pay the $495 renewal filing fee for current USC students.

Need general information about immigration?

Please attend a monthly Information Session on “Pathways to Legal Immigration Status.” Monthly Information Sessions are held on University Park and Health Sciences campuses over the lunch hour usually on the last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. See our Events page for upcoming sessions. The sessions address these issues:

  • Family Immigrant Visas and Adjustment of Status
  • How to Obtain Lawful Permanent Resident Status
  • Humanitarian Visas and Asylum
  • Advice for Individuals with DACA and TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
  • Know Your Rights.

Ready to schedule an appointment for a free and confidential consultation?

Please call 213-821-9627 or email