Legal Assistance for Students

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Student Legal Services, a student commission affiliated with the College of Law, advises students on a variety of legal matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, misdemeanor criminal charges, small claims court, and family law proceedings. Advice, representation, or referral for legal problems is available through the Student Legal Services Office. No charge is assessed for advice or referrals, but payment of court costs, incidental expenses, and attorneys fees will be required if the office agrees to handle a student’s case.

The office reserves the right to accept or decline any individual case and to determine the manner of legal representation it will provide. Student Legal Services is prohibited from representing students in purely business matters, felonies, any contingency fee cases, in actions directly or indirectly against any part of the University or its agents, and in actions which would involve a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest may arise, for example, in a case that would be adverse to a current client of Student Legal Services.

Information about Student Legal Services, including service fees and availability based on current caseload, may be obtained in the Student Legal Services office, 157 Iowa Memorial Union, phone 335-3276. The SLS website is http://www.uiowa.edu/~legal/index.html