Student Legal Services at Virginia Tech

 


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Student Legal Services at Virginia Tech (SLS at VT) provides free and confidential legal advice to currently enrolled Virginia Tech students and Virginia Tech registered student organizations (RSOs) at the Blacksburg campus.   VCOM students at the Blacksburg campus are also eligible.   The legal services at SLS are provided by a VA licensed attorney in good standing with the VA State Bar, and are funded from a portion of the student activity fee paid by the Blacksburg campus students.   SLS is overseen by an SLS Board, consisting of students, faculty, and staff.   The SLS attorney is not a VT employee but an independent contractor; the SLS Board contracts annually with the attorney to provide legal services to VT students.   The SLS office is a law office; therefore, attorney - client privilege applies to all communication between students and the SLS attorney.


SERVICES PROVIDED

The SLS attorney provides legal advice on a variety of matters such as, but not limited to, leases, criminal charges, traffic violations, contracts, employment, consumer issues, immigration, etc.   Also, the attorney can prepare basic legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and some contracts.     Limited advice and assistance is provided in tax, and family law matters, such as divorce and custody. If the matter is such that the SLS attorney cannot help you, the attorney will try and provide you with referrals for outside lawyers who can assists you.

The SLS attorney also maintains this website, which can provide some helpful tips on various legal topics.  The information contained herein is based on Virginia and US law in effect at the time of each page's publication.   It serves as general guidelines only, and it is not meant to be used in place of actual legal advice provided by a lawyer.   If you have a legal problem and you are a VT student, make an appointment with the SLS attorney.   If you are no longer a VT student (alumni), the SLS attorney can assist you with an attorney referral.   If you are a member of the general public, you can use the VA State Bar referral service by calling (800) 552-7977.

Finally, the SLS attorney is available to speak at student organization meetings about various legal topics that may be of interest to VT students. If interested, call the SLS office for more information.


SERVICES NOT PROVIDED

Because the SLS attorney is a VA licensed attorney, the attorney can only provide advice on VA laws and federal laws, but not laws of other states, where the attorney is not licensed to practice. Due to the large number of students seen each year in the SLS office, and the large portion of them having some type of court appearance, court representation by the SLS attorney is not possible; however, the SLS attorney will assess if the student indeed needs a lawyer representing him/her, and if yes, the SLS attorney will provide the student with names of outside lawyers who can represent the student in court.   The SLS attorney cannot provide assistance in matters involving Student vs Student, Student vs University, or Student vs Parent disputes; in those situation only initial assessment will be provided, and the SLS attorney will furnish the student with referrals for outside lawyers.


HOW TO USE THE SERVICE

The best way to contact the SLS office is to call 540-231-4720 and make an appointment to speak with the attorney. In the event that SLS staff does not answer the phone, please leave a voicemail with your name and number so the SLS staff can call you back.   The office is located in Room 143 on the first floor of Squires Student Center.

Hours:

Our normal Fall and Spring Semester hours are:
      Mon-Fri: 9-5

Our normal Summer semester hours are:
      Mon-Wed: 9-5.

The office is closed during school breaks.   Call the office in advance to make sure it is open.

NEWS

SLS OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 8/10/17 AND 8/25/17 AND WILL RE-OPEN ON MONDAY, 8/28/17. IN THE MEANTIME, YOU CAN CALL 540-231-4720 AND LEAVE A VOICEMAIL WITH YOUR NAME AND NUMBER, AND WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

SCAMS WITH CHECKS: IF A PERSON/ENTITY, WITH WHOM YOU ARE CONTRACTING FOR PRODUCTS/SERVICES/ETC., MAILS YOU A CHECK FOR AN AMOUNT LARGER THAN WHAT YOU'VE AGREED ON (FOR EXAMPLE, YOU ARE PURCHASING A PRODUCT FOR $300, BUT YOU GET A CHECK FOR $2,500), AND ASKS YOU TO DEPOSIT THE CHECK, DEDUCT THE AMOUNT YOU'VE AGREED ON, AND WRITE THE PERSON/ENTITY A CHECK FOR THE REMAINING AMOUNT AND MAIL THE PERSON/ENTITY THE CHECK, NOTE THAT THIS IS A SCAM. DO NOT DEPOSIT THAT CHECK! INSTEAD, INFORM USPS/FEDEX/UPS OF THAT SITUATION, AS WELL AS LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

TELEPHONE SCAMS: PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOPHISTICATED SCAM SCHEMES OCCURRING OVER THE PHONE, WHERE A PERSON IMPERSONATING A GOVERNMENT AGENT (SUCH AS FBI AGENT, IRS EMPLOYEE, IMMIGRATION AGENT, ETC.) WILL CALL FROM A PHONE NUMBER THAT APPEARS AS A REAL NUMBER FOR THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY INVOLVED, AND THROUGH THREATS WILL DEMAND FROM (USUALLY) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SOME FORM OF PAYMENT USUALLY IN THE FORM OF GIFT CARDS, AMAZON CARDS, ETC. FINANCIAL LOSSES BY VICTIMS MAY RANGE FROM FEW HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS TO OVER $50,000. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUCH PHONE CALLS ARE ALWAYS SCAM! IF YOU DO RECEIVE SUCH PHONE CALL, HANG UP, AND THEN REPORT IT TO A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATE WILL EVER CONTACT YOU IN SUCH MANNER TO REQUEST SOME PAYMENT! SEE USCIS BLOG AND FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) BLOG PLEASE ALSO SEE IRS WEBSITE TO REPORT SUCH SCAMS PLEASE SEE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY WEBSITE YOU CAN ALSO REPORT SCAM SCHEMES TO FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO IMPERSONATE A FEDERAL AGENT OR AN EMPLOYEE OF ANY UNITED STATES AGENCY, SEE U.S. CODE

IMMIGRATION: IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE VIRGINIA TECH COMMUNITY, AND YOU HAVE QUESTIONS/CONCERNS ABOUT THE RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON IMMIGRATION, PLEASE SEE VIRGINIA TECH'S WEBSITE THE WEBSITE CONTAINS MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION AND VERY GOOD Q&A SECTIONS. YOU MAY ALSO FIND HELPFUL THE INFORMATION PUBLISHED AT U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION'S WEBSITE FINALLY, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR PERSONS WHO ARE NOT U.S. CITIZENS TO CARRY WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES DOCUMENTS THAT SERVE AS PROOF OF LEGAL STATUS IN THE U.S., SUCH AS: NATIONAL PASSPORTS, U.S. ISSUED DRIVER'S LICENSES, EAD, I-20 (COPIES), DS-2019 (COPIES), I-94 (COPIES), I-797 (COPIES), GREEN CARDS, ETC.

NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES: STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES AT VIRGINIA TECH DO NOT HAVE NOTARY PUBLIC ON STAFF AND CANNOT PROVIDE NOTARY SERVICES. HOWEVER, NOTARY SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS, FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE VIRGINIA TECH'S WEBSITE

U.S. PASSPORTS: VIRGINIA TECH HAS BEEN CERTIFIED THROUGH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE AS A U.S. PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE FACILITY. THE OFFICE IS LOCATED AT THE FIRST FLOOR OF SQUIRES STUDENT CENTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 540-231-9844 OR SEE VIRGINIA TECH'S WEBSITE


 

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website may not be current or valid. You must not rely on the information contained here without first speaking to a licensed attorney. Always speak to a licensed attorney regarding any legal issue you may have.

 

This page is located at http://www.legal.sga.vt.edu/.

This page was last updated August, 2017.