Academic Advising

Legal Studies Advising Hours:

Remote Advising - Appointments via Slug Success
  • Monday / Wednesday: 9am-4pm
  • Tuesday / Thursday: 1pm-4pm

**Make an appointment on Slug Success. A Google Calendar online invite will follow.


Remote Advising - Drop-In

  • Tuesday: 9am-1:00pm
  • Thursday:9am-1:00pm
  • Friday: 9am-1:00pm

**Drop-in advising: Please sign in using our online check-in form. Once you sign in, use this link to add yourself to the google calendar and receive a zoom link. 

Students are encouraged to use the appointment link to check the most up to date drop-in hours each week.



Online Peer Advising Hours for Winter 2022 

Peer advisors are current students who can answer any questions about major and minor requirements, assist with academic planning, help you prepare a declaration of major/minor paperwork, and provide guidance on UCDC, UC Sacramento, and Study abroad program requirements. Peer advising hours are on a drop-in basis. Peer advisors can be reached via Google through chat and also on video (Hangouts). Add us to your Google contacts, Add instructions can be found here.


Remote Advising:

  • Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am – 12:30pm
  • Friday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

**Please use this link to attend remote advising.  For both remote and in-person advising, please be sure to check-in using our online sign-in sheet prior to your meeting.



Meet our Advising Team!

ymh_staff_pic.jpg  Yanin Monter (She/Hers), Legal Studies Advisor
Hi! My name is Yanin and I am the Undergraduate Advisor for Legal Studies. I have 2 dogs who I spend most of my time with and I enjoy working with students. Read my philosophy of advising here.

jerry-pic-1.jpeg Jerry Diaz, Politics Advisor 

Jerry Diaz is a Banana Slug alumnus (Sociology & education minor) from the Class of 1999. He has a Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in student development theories from the University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor. Jerry has exercised a lifelong passion for student affairs work in academic advising and guidance since 2012. He resides in the area with his family, which includes his turtle Shelly. When not in the office he enjoys running, cooking, and reading a good book. Jerry is committed to your academic success and invites you to connect for an academic advising session this Fall Quarter.


christina-peer-advising-profile-pic.jpg Christina Monis Hernandez, Lead Peer Advisor

Hello everyone! I am Christina the Lead Peer Advisor, I will be graduating at the end of this academic school year with a B.A. in Politics and a Legal Studies minor. Through my time at UCSC I have found that there are so many amazing opportunities for students but it can be really overwhelming and intimidating to find a starting point to pursue them. My goal as a peer advisor is to ensure students feel supported, listened to, and that they have the tools they need to be successful. I feel very passionate about not just giving assistance with advising but also being available as a peer so if you ever have any questions feel free to reach out to me! 


pvelasquez.jpeg Pablo Velasquez, Politics Peer Advisor 

Hi my name is Pablo Velasquez, I am currently a senior at UCSC with a double major in Politics and Legal Studies. I have found my experience at Santa Cruz as being filled with fun and good times with many experiences I wouldn’t trade for anything. With me leaving at the end of the year I would love to help out any of my fellow students with any questions about their academics or whatever resources are available to them. If any students have any questions about anything about their college experience at UCSC feel free to reach out, I am always happy to help.


rachel-2.jpg Rachel Alarcon Sanchez, Legal Studies Peer Advisor

My name is Rachel, I am a first-generation college student and American citizen. My hobbies include walking my dog and cooking. I am proud to say I will be your peer advisor for the Legal Studies Program and cannot wait to meet you all.


img_4928-2.jpg Paulina Gonzalez, Legal Studies Undergraduate Intern

Hello, my name is Paulina and I am a fourth-year Legal Studies and Sociology major. I am currently the Chancellor's Undergraduate Program Intern. In my four years at UCSC, I have participated in many valuable experiences that I will take with me post-grad. I have done various internships which have included non-profit management, data analysis, research, and legal work at a legal aid office. I would like to help my fellow peers in engaging in the many opportunities available on campus. As a first-generation college student, I understand the difficulties that come with it. I want my peers to succeed academically and professionally. I am available for career advice, academic advice, or support in the major. Please don't hesitate to attend my office hours. I am excited to meet you all.



Fall 2021 Declaration of Major deadline Friday, October 22nd, 2021.

If you intend to declare our major make sure to 1) contact Peer Advising at to fill out the paperwork needed and 2) make an advising appointment with Yanin Monter on Slug Success. Make sure to have all your forms filled out prior to your advising appointment. If you are already declared in a major please obtain a signed academic plan from your major advisor and connect with the Legal Studies advisor to get declared. 

Senior Check Form

Students can use our Legal Studies Degree Checklist to verify progress and that they will be completing the Legal Studies Major by their expected graduation term. Once students complete the form, they can share their checklist with the Legal Studies Advisor who will be able to confirm that they are on track to graduate.

Please note that this checklist is only for the Legal Studies major. Students will need to check in with with their college for GE / unit verification. For double majors / minors, students will need to check in with each department.

Writing Tutor Assistance

Learning Support Services offers free drop-in writing tutoring. Check the website for writing and other tutoring services and schedules.

Learning Accommodations

Legal Studies Program staff and faculty are responsive to disabled students' concerns and special needs. We work with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to ensure appropriate accommodations. If you need assistance, please contact the DRC directly at (831) 459-2089.

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