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Student Student Legal Services

FAQ

I called SLS the day after being charged with a crime. I was really nervous about what might happen to me, but contacting SLS really put me at ease. The people told me Iíd probably receive diversion, and they advised me about how to act in court and before the Student Ethics Board. SLS was very helpful, answered all of my questions, and they knew exactly what was going on.

-A.G.; junior

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I received a summons/citation/other legal-sounding thingy. What should I do?
  2. What is Student Legal Services?
  3. Who works at Student Legal Services?
  4. How can I see someone?
  5. What will this cost me?
  6. Wonít you just tell IU that Iím in trouble?
  7. Do you have a specialty?
  8. How much can you do for me?
  9. Are there any cases you turn away?
  10. How can I get in touch with you?
  11. How can I get a job there?

1. I received a summons/citation/other legal-sounding thingy. What should I do?
Any time youíre involved in the legal system, you have rights and obligations which are important to understand. Consulting with a legal professional, like the ones at Student Legal Services (SLS) can help you understand the process and protect yourself. Your time to protect your rights may be limited –as little as 10-20 days—so come to SLS sooner, not later.

2. What is Student Legal Services?
Student Legal Services is a non-profit, on-campus law office serving only IU students. Weíve served tens of thousands of IU students since opening in 1971.

3. Who works at Student Legal Services?
SLS employs four full-time attorneys licensed to practice in Indiana. Those attorneys oversee second- and third-year law students who are allowed to offer legal advice as well. SLS also maintains three administrative professionals who may also assist clients.

4. How can I see someone?
SLS requires only that you complete two forms, in person or on-line. After that paperwork is submitted, we will schedule an appointment, usually two or three days later. If you have an urgent matter requiring immediate advice, we will see you immediately.

5. What will this cost me?
SLS will not charge you for advice or representation. Each semester, all undergraduate students and most graduate enrollees pay the Student Activity Fee. That fee pays for our services and allows us to see you without charge. Essentially, you already pay for us.

6. Wonít you just tell IU that Iím in trouble?
Students who visit SLS are entitled to the same confidentiality all lawyers provide to their clients. That means we donít talk about your case with IU, your parents, or anyone else without your permission.

7. Do you have a specialty?
SLS lawyers and students have significant experience in the type of legal complications students find themselves in. A significant portion of our work involves landlord disputes, minor criminal matters, and family law, but we take cases in most areas of law.

8. How much can you do for me?
In most civil cases, we can represent you in court as well as handle preliminary matters like responding to another lawyer. We cannot go to court with you on a criminal charge, but we can offer advice about the system and the merits of your case. See our full list of services.

9. Are there any cases you turn away?
Some areas of law, like complex immigration cases and felony charges, are best handled by referring you to a private attorney. Our guidelines also state that we cannot assist one student in an action against another student or help a student who might sue IU.

10. How can I get in touch with you?
You can fill out our short intake forms on this website, or you may visit us at 703 E. 7th St., right across from Dunn Meadow. You may call 855-7867 as well, but we cannot dispense legal advice over the phone.

11. How can I get a job there?
We hire second and third-year law students for summer and school-year positions. If you are a law student, you may inquire about open internships.

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