Student Legal Services at Virginia Tech
Student Legal Services (SLS) is a free, pre-paid legal service available to all Virginia Tech students who have paid the Blacksburg campus student activity fee.   (Sorry, but students at other VT campuses aren't eligible for the service.)   Students of the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) are also eligible to use the service in accordance with the agreement between VCOM and VT for use of campus services.   This service is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Student Government Association and Graduate Student Assembly and it is overseen by the SLS Board, a student budget board consisting of students, faculty, and staff.   The Board contracts with an independent attorney on an annual basis to provide legal advice and services to VT students.
The SLS Attorney provides legal advice on a variety of matters such as, but not limited to, leasing issues, traffic tickets, immigration, consumer problems, and criminal charges.   Also, the Attorney can prepare basic legal documents such as simple Wills, powers of attorney, and contracts.     Limited advice and assistance is provided in tax, business, and divorce matters. If the SLS Attorney is unable to help you, he can usually provide the names of local attorneys who can; however, the use of an outside attorney is at the student's own expense.
The SLS Attorney also maintains this website, which provides helpful information on a number of legal topics.  The information contained herein is based on Virginia and US law in effect at the time of each page's publication.   It is general information only and is not legal advice.   If you have a legal problem, consult an attorney.   If you're a Virginia Tech student, make an appointment with the SLS Attorney.
Finally, the SLS Attorney is available to speak at student organization meetings about various legal topics. If interested, call the office for more information.
SERVICES NOT PROVIDED
Because there is only one attorney for 26,000 students, court representation usually isn't provided.   We also don't assist in matters involving Student vs Student, Student vs University, or Student vs Parent disputes.   Note that we can mediate Student vs Student disputes where both students agree to the mediation and meet with the Attorney together.
Attorney services are provided free of charge because you've already paid for the services through your student activity fee.   In the rare case of the SLS Attorney representing a student in court, the student would be required to pay any costs and court fees, but the attorney's services would still be free.
HOW TO USE THE SERVICE
Call 231-4720 to make an appointment.   The office is located in 143 Squires Student Center.   (We're down a side hallway between the Multicultural Center and the Freedom First Credit Union on the bottom floor.)
Our normal Fall and Spring Semester hours are:
Our normal Summer hours are:
Hours are subject to change without notice (especially in the summer)!
The office is normally closed during school breaks but is sometimes open a day or two at the beginning and/or end of a break.   Call the office or check back here to be sure.
Student Legal Services will be closed for the Christmas break from December 21, 2012 to January 21, 2013. The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 9:00 am. In the meantime you can leave a voicemail with your name and number at 540-231-4720 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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 December, 2012.
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