Q & A

Q: Am I eligible for representation through Student Legal Services?

A: You are eligible for advice and representation if you are a currently registered UI student. If you retain our office while registered we will continue to handle your case after your graduation. This is because Student Legal Services is primarily funded through student activity fees from Student Government, which comes straight from your tuition. We are YOUR lawyers.


Q: How do I make an appointment?

A: Make an appointment by simply calling us at 319-335-3276.


Q: I'm having a legal issue, how long should I wait to make an appointment?

A: Make an appointment as soon as you can! Students often wait far too long after their arrest or landlord problem and it is harder for us to help them.


 Q: How much will I have to pay to use Student Legal Services ?

A: Legal advice is free of charge for currently registered University of Iowa students. Representation comes with a nominal fee that varies depending on the services you require. These fees are one-time payments which are relatively small compared to the hourly costs of private attorneys, and you will only pay a fee if you ask us to represent you in court.


Q: Why can't I make an appointment over email?

A: Due to the high volume of students requesting our services, it is necessary to speak directly to a staff member to schedule an appointment. We are willing and able to schedule appointments in a timely manner, and email exchanges can often be delayed.


 Q: Can I just get my advice over the phone or email?

A: We cannot give legal advice to clients over the phone or by email. You will need to come into the office and sign an intake form in person for us to represent you or give you advice.


 Q: How can I get an attorney to give a presentation to my student group?

A: Email our office, student-legal@uiowa.edu, to set up a time for one of our staff attorneys to give a presentation to your Greek organization, residence hall floor, student organization, or sports team. We can give presentations on Criminal and Landlord/Tenant issues.


Q: How many clients does your office deal with on average?

A: The office typically sees approximately 30-50 students per week. However, we often see as many as 80 during certain high volume weeks throughout the school year.