Student Legal Services (SLS) provides a safe and confidential space for all UW-Seattle students who have legal questions or concerns. We offer free 40-minute consultations on a broad range of issues. Students can also hire us for ongoing representation for a low hourly rate. We are located in HUB 306.
SLS can assist only currently enrolled UW-Seattle and UW-Bothell students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree-seeking) who have paid the Services & Activities Fee as part of their tuition. If you are not enrolled for the current quarter but you were enrolled last quarter and you intend to enroll next quarter, then you are still eligible for our services. SLS cannot represent a student when the opposing party is another UW-Seattle student or UW entity.
**Please note that if you are a UW-Bothell student, you are eligible for free consultations with our office, but not ongoing representation.
To schedule a consultation, please fill out this intake form. You must be logged into your browser with your UW NetID to access the form.
Here are some examples of the kinds of cases we can help with:
Landlord/Tenant disputes are our most common area of practice. We have a strong reputation for aiding students in this area by holding landlords accountable. Some common reasons students come to our office include:
- Assessing lease violations
- Return of your security deposit
- Reviewing your lease
- Terminating your lease
- Eviction defense
You can come to SLS for a consultation or hire us for ongoing representation in these matters.
Determining if you need a protection order can be scary. Our office helps make the filing process less overwhelming by answering your questions and addressing your concerns. However, if the person you want a protection order against is a current UW-Seattle student, we are limited to explaining the process and providing you with resources. If the opposing party is not a UW-Seattle student, then you can hire SLS to file the case and represent you in court.
Wills and Powers of Attorney
Our office works with students to create estate planning documents for themselves and for their spouses (who do not need to be UW-Seattle students). We commonly draft the following documents:
- Last Will and Testament
- Power of Attorney for Health Care
- Power of Attorney for Finances
- Healthcare Directive
Name and Gender Marker Changes
If your name and/or gender marker on your government issued identification does not match who you really are, we can help you. You can hire SLS to file a case to make those changes.
SLS commonly represents students who have been charged with misdemeanors such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Malicious Mischief. If you have been charged with a crime or if you are worried that you might be charged with a crime, SLS can help.
Have you been discriminated against in the workplace or in housing? Schedule an appointment with SLS to help sort through your options.
Many students seek our help during periods of instability in their marriage. If you are going through a divorce that is uncontested (i.e. you and your spouse are in agreement about how to split up your property and share time with your children), then SLS can represent you during the case. If your divorce is contested, SLS may not be able to represent you in court, but can help you negotiate and find other resources.
Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing. Protecting your immigration status is a priority for most students. Student Legal Services is available to help eligible University of Washington students on a variety of immigration matters including questions about DACA, adjusting status, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, citizenship, domestic issues, employment based immigration, and family based immigration questions. Schedule a consultation with SLS to help address your concerns and discuss eligibility for certain forms of relief.
If you have received a traffic citation, come to SLS. We can help you consider all your options and we can represent you in court, if necessary.
Auto Collisions and Insurances Issues
If you have been involved in an auto collision, SLS can help you understand your rights, whether or not you had insurances at the time.
Other Legal Issues
SLS works on too many issues to list them all here. Even if your issue does not appear above, stop by or call us to see if we can help.
From the moment you initiate contact with SLS, whether by phone or in-person, your communications with our office are confidential. Client confidentiality is at the core of the attorney-client relationship. This applies even if your relationship with SLS ends after a phone call or consultation. SLS cannot release information about you except with your written permission or in extremely limited situations. If you have questions about client confidentiality, please discuss them with SLS staff at the consultation.