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About UW Student Legal Services

University of Washington Student Legal Services (UW SLS) is an on-campus law office that provides a safe and confidential space for all UW-Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell students who have legal questions or concerns. We offer free 40-minute consultations on a broad range of issues. Specifically, SLS can assist students in areas such as immigration, landlord/tenant, name and gender marker changes, contracts, discrimination, obtaining a protection order, traffic tickets, criminal cases, and other legal issues. Students can also hire us for ongoing representation for a low hourly rate. We are located in HUB 306.

UW SLS helps students resolve legal problems that may adversely affect their emotional well-being and interfere with their ability to focus on their academic objectives. We envision a campus where Student Legal Services engages with community partners to ensure barriers to justice have been overcome.

We are proud to work with and for all UW-Seattle, Tacoma, 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) takes a comprehensive approach to assisting UW-Seattle, Tacoma, 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%.