Student Legal Services


Student Legal Services (SLS) is funded by the Services & Activities Fee (SAF). SLS can only assist currently enrolled UW-Seattle, UW-Tacoma, and UW-Bothell students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree-seeking) who have paid the SAF.

What does this mean for me?

  • 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.
  • If you have graduated from the UW and are enrolled for the next quarter (for example, if you graduated in spring and are enrolled for fall), you are ineligible for our services until the quarter you are enrolled begins (fall quarter).
  • If you are an incoming student (an enrolled student who has not yet begun taking classes at the UW Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma), you are ineligible for our services until the quarter you are enrolled for begins.
  • If you are a postdoctoral scholar that is not enrolled in classes, and has not paid the SAF as part of your tuition, you are ineligible for our services.

If you would like to check whether you have paid the SAF for the current quarter, please visit your Tuition Statement. If you have any issues verifying this information, please contact Student Fiscal Services at

Not eligible for SLS are alumni, ACCESS students, students in the Extension Program or Experimental College, and faculty/staff taking classes on a tuition waiver. If you are a UW faculty or staff member, you may receive legal services through UW CareLink.

SLS seeks to assist as many students as possible as long as such assistance allows us to comply with our ethical responsibilities. SLS provides services on a first-come, first-served basis. SLS cannot represent a student when the opposing party is another UW-Seattle, UW-Tacoma, or UW-Bothell student, or when the opposing party is a University of Washington entity.  In some cases, SLS can provide a resource-based consultation. SLS cannot assist students who want advice for family members, friends, other persons, or student organizations; the legal matter must involve the student directly.