University of Washington Student Legal Services is an on-campus law office that provides confidential legal advice and representation to currently enrolled UW-Seattle and Bothell degree-seeking students: undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
UW Student Legal Services came into existence in 1969 as the UW Legal Aid Society. During this time of social unrest on American campuses, UW law student volunteers advised students on their legal issues. Many SLS programs around the U.S. began in the same era.
We are proud to work with and for all UW-Seattle and Bothell undergraduate, graduate, and professional students regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, (dis)abilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, or citizenship status.
Student Legal Services (SLS) has three complementary objectives:
- To provide legal assistance (advice, education, and representation) to currently enrolled UW-Seattle and Bothell undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
- To provide an opportunity for UW law students to gain hands-on legal experience by counseling clients, managing a caseload, negotiating with opposing parties, and appearing in court.
- To provide an opportunity for UW undergraduate students to gain experience in a law office and learn from mentors in the legal and UW communities.
Student Legal Services (SLS) takes a comprehensive approach to assisting UW-Seattle and Bothell students with their legal concerns. Exploring these concerns in-depth allows us to better inform the client about his or her legal rights and responsibilities and their practical implications.
Legal issues — pending divorce or relationship breakup, a dispute with a landlord or roommate, getting turned down for an apartment or job due to bad credit, a citation from the police, etc. — often contain underlying, non-legal concerns such as emotional distress or financial worries. Like an iceberg, one aspect of the issue is easily seen. The submerged part, though not visible, is equally as important.
In seeking to protect their legal, financial, and emotional health, our goal is to make it easier for students to focus on their academic objectives.
Student Legal Services has been alleviating legal and non-legal problems since the late 1960s, doing our part to help the University of Washington achieve its impressive academic retention rate of 92%.