The Student Legal Services Office is closed from June 15, 2020 through June 19, 2020. We will not be checking email, or processing new requests for services until June 23, 2020.We will respond to inquiries on or around June 23rd; however, if you require the assistance of legal counsel prior to that time, you may be able to obtain a referral to another attorney from the Hampshire County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service. Also, please vist our Resource List, where you will find links to resources related to particular areas of legal practice, including Criminal, Domestic Violence, Employment, Family, Fraud/Scams, Housing (Landlord-Tenant), and Immigration. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our pause in service.
In order to serve our clients effectively and efficiently, we advise them by appointment only, except in cases of genuine emergency. We do not give advice over the telephone.
In order to request assistance from the SLSO, please complete and submit the intake form below. Please review our eligibility and conflict policies prior to submission of the form and verify that you are eligible to receive our services.
Intake Form Instructions
- Download the intake form.
- Save the intake form to your computer.
- Please complete all sections of the intake form. We cannot accept incomplete forms.
Save the intake form as “Last Name, First Name.”
- Mac users: After you save the intake form in Preview, choose "Print" from the "File" menu and then use the dialog box’s "PDF option" to save it to a PDF.
- Email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You will be sent an email confirming that your intake has been received and is being reviewed. Review of intake forms is typically completed within 3 business days.
Undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that pay the Student Activities Fee and graduate students who pay the Graduate Student Senate Fee are eligible for the services offered by the SLSO. Those students who take courses through Continuing Education, University Without Walls, or who do not otherwise pay the requisite fees are not eligible. Faculty and staff members who are taking classes at the University on a tuition waiver are not eligible for our services, nor are students from other colleges or universities.
Conflict Policy (student vs. student)
Since all UMass Amherst students are potentially our clients, we cannot advise or represent either party in student vs. student conflict. Though legal ethics prevent us from advising or representing one student against another, we may, in appropriate circumstances, provide basic legal information and make referrals. We are also prohibited from representing clients against the University or Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We are pleased to provide professional, confidential legal services to UMass Amherst students. Our attorneys, support staff, and legal assistants are bound by the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct promulgated by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Under these rules, an attorney is sworn to preserve the confidences of a client. This rule applies equally to all persons who work with the attorney, including the legal assistants and office support staff.
Accordingly, information concerning a client’s case will not be released to third parties, including the client’s parents or the University administration, without express written authorization by the client or in extremely limited situations. We therefore strongly encourage our clients to openly and candidly discuss all aspects of their legal matter with us. We are the best advocates for our clients when we know all the information that relates to their case.
Clients are welcome to bring a friend or parent to their appointment(s), but will need to sign a waiver acknowledging that they may be waiving the attorney-client privilege in so doing.