Client Intake Form - Must be filled out prior to appointment.
What is Student Legal Services?
Student Legal Services is a professional legal office that has been providing legal assistance to the students of the University of Florida since 1977. Funded by Student Government through Activities and Service fees, Student Legal Services is essentially a pre-paid legal service for full time UF students. Student Legal Services is staffed by four licensed attorneys who are available to offer students assistance in understanding and solving their legal problems.
Preventing legal problems through education is a primary goal of Student Legal Services. To that end, Student Legal Services offers internships, volunteer experience and employment opportunities for students interested in careers in the legal profession. Student Legal Services also educates students on their legal rights and responsibilities through lectures, workshops, presentations, and the distribution of information and materials on a variety of legal issues. Any resident hall, fraternity, sorority, student group, organization, faculty or staff member can arrange a program by calling (352) 392-5297(LAWS).
Student Legal Services provides students a full range of typical legal services, including advice and consultation, drafting of letters and legal documents, conferences and settlement negotiations with adverse parties, legal research, review and interpretation of legal documents, drafting and filing of legal documents, and some representation in court. Notary services are also available.
Student Legal Services provides in court representation in:
• Adoption (uncontested, step-parent adoptions)
• Dissolution of Marriage (uncontested cases, without children or real property)
• Landlord-Tenant Cases
• Name Change
• Sealing or Expunction of Criminal Records
Student Legal Services provides advice and assistance in:
• Consumer matters such as: defective products and services, warranties, contracts, credit, identify theft
• Property Damage
• Traffic Citations
• Criminal Traffic
• Criminal Charges
• Preparation of Affidavits
• Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills
Cases that are not covered by Student Legal Services:
• Business Activity of Student
• Immigration and Naturalization
• Incorporations and Partnerships
• Income Tax
• Patent, Trademark, Copyright
• Personal injury
• Real Estate
• Wills and Trusts
All full-time University of Florida students are eligible for free legal services. Full-time students for purposes of program eligibility are:
• Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 semester hours
• Graduate students enrolled in 9 semester hours
• Students enrolled in 6 summer semester hours
Student Legal Services cannot provide assistance with the following matters:
• Claims involving the University of Florida, the State of Florida, or any of its agencies
• Disputes between University of Florida students
• Matters the attorney believes to be clearly frivolous, without merit or would otherwise violate the rules regulating the Florida Bar
• Disputes in which the amount in controversy is under $100.00 or exceeds $15,000.00
• Court representation is limited to Alachua County
Student Legal Services attorneys advise students by appointment only, except at the Criminal and Traffic Clinic. Legal advice cannot be given over the telephone or by email.
In order to schedule an appointment, students are required to complete and submit an online client information form, accessible at the top of this page. Upon receipt of the completed client information form and verification of your eligibility to receive services, Student Legal Services will contact you to schedule an appoint to consult with an attorney.
Students are required to bring their Gator 1 card and all paperwork related to the case (i.e. promissory note, receipts, contract, invoices, citations) to their initial consultation.
If you are unable to attend your appointment you must notify Student Legal Services that you wish to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so will result in a $10.00 no-show fee, which must be paid in cash. The no-show fee will also be charged if you fail to bring appropriate documentation to your appointment.
CRIMINAL TRAFFIC CLINIC
In order to serve students more efficiently and effectively, Student Legal Services offers a walk-in service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the fall and spring semesters. Any full-time UF student who has received a criminal or traffic citation, or has been arrested for a misdemeanor or 3rd degree felony can meet one-on-one with an attorney to discuss his/her case.
• Bring your Citation, Summons or Notice to Appear with you. Without documentation you cannot meet with an attorney.
• Fill out the client information form, accessible at the top of this page. Write CLINIC at the end of the Statement of Facts section on the form.
• If you have been assigned a public defender or have hired a private attorney, Student Legal Services cannot help you.
• Assistance with traffic problems is limited to advice regarding traffic infraction(s) only. Property damage issues associated with the traffic citation must be addressed in a scheduled appointment.
• Students cannot receive assistance with expunging or sealing criminal records during clinic.
Student Legal Services is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Suite 368 on the third floor of the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
Notary services are available from 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All matters discussed with the attorneys are strictly confidential. An attorney is sworn to preserve the confidence of a client. This rule applies equally to those persons working with an attorney. Every precaution will be taken to preserve the confidentiality of your file and your communications with the attorneys. Information will not be released to anyone, including the University administration or your family members, without your express written consent.
Student Legal Services
368 J. Wayne Reitz Union
P.O. Box 118505
Gainesville, FL 32611-8505
Tel: (352) 392-5297(LAWS)
Fax: (352) 392-1624