Student Legal Services

satiraby John Satira, Class of 2017

No other student organization allows William & Mary law students to get a jump start on practicing their legal skills quite like Student Legal Services (SLS). True to its mission to educate and train citizen lawyers, William & Mary Law School’s SLS offers free legal information to members of the William & Mary community. Day in and day out, volunteer law students manage the operations of the organization from its headquarters in Blow Hall.

SLS’s mission is two fold. First, the organization provides legal information to William & Mary students, faculty, and staff. Second, the organization helps its volunteers apply their classroom-learned research, writing, and client interaction skills in a practical environment.

slsA variety of legal issues have developed into case files in the SLS office, including drug and alcohol charges, landlord-tenant issues, and violations of the William & Mary Student Code of Conduct. However, volunteers never know what type of case they may encounter when they walk through the door for their weekly, one-hour shift. We have had cases involving personal injury, intellectual property, and family law, just to name a few topics.

SLS volunteers also quickly learn how to uphold standards of professional conduct, which is a skill needed by all attorneys. As an organization run by law students, SLS can give only legal information (not legal advice) to clients that utilize our services. Volunteers remain mindful to avoid giving advice and learn when to provide a client with information on an attorney referral service.

For students looking for a way to give back to the William & Mary community while sharpening their legal skills, they need to look no further than SLS. Although the organization is closed during the summer months, we will be back up and running in the fall and we welcome new volunteers! Consider joining our ranks.

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If interested in getting involved please contact our Logistics Chair, Victoria Jensen, at vcjensen@email.wm.edu

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