Free Legal Advice
Student Legal Services (SLS) provides eligible current UW-Seattle and UW-Bothell students with free 40-minute consultations on any matter of legal concern. Most consultations are led by Rule 9 Licensed Legal Interns who are not attorneys, but have a limited license to practice law under the supervision of an attorney. However, in some cases students will be meeting with our staff attorneys.
An individual student can receive an unlimited number of free consultations as long as the legal issues are unrelated. SLS strongly encourages students to contact us proactively, before their legal concern grows.
“I had several consultations regarding a landlord-tenant issue and a speeding ticket with [an SLS intern] and she was very patient in dealing with my shenanigans. She was very attentive when listening to my side of the story and provided me with the guidance and resources necessary to resolve my legal issues. Hands down the best legal service for students.“
Scheduling a Consultation
To schedule a consultation, you must fill out an intake form which provides us information we can use to verify your student status with the University and to get more information about your specific issue. SLS cannot provide same-day consultations, nor can we provide legal advice by phone or email.
For the quickest response, please complete our Online Intake (please note: we will need to contact you via email or phone to schedule your consultation.) If you are unable to access or complete the intake, please call our office at (206) 543-6486 or stop by our office in HUB 306.
After reviewing your intake, we will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your eligibility and schedule your consultation. If we identify any conflicts, we can possibly provide you with a resource-based consultation and refer you to other resources.
IMPORTANT: You must be logged into your UW account to access the intake form. If you are not already logged onto your UW account on your browser, you will see an error page when you click on the link above.
What Should I Bring to My Consultation?
Proof of enrollment at UW-Seattle: either your Husky card or tuition statement from MyUW showing payment of the Services & Activities fee.
Conditions of consultation form, which can be found here.
List of questions you want us to address during your consultation.
Important timelines may include upcoming court dates, lease end-dates, wedding dates, etc.
Physical copies of relevant documents, organized chronologically. Depending on your situation, these may include:
- Leases (landlord-tenant laws, move-in checklists, and other documents related to your tenancy)
- All correspondence related to the dispute between you and the opposing party. This may include letters and envelopes, emails, texts, or phone logs.
- Signed or proposed contracts
- Hearing notices and other pleadings
- Eviction notices
- Court orders
- Police reports
- Traffic tickets
- Insurance policies
Be prepared to take notes during the consultation. (SLS does NOT provide free follow-up meetings, phone calls, or email clarifications after your consultation has ended.)