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SLS  FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know whether I am eligible to utilize Student Legal Services at UIC?

You must: (1) be enrolled currently at UIC, (2) pay the student services fee, and (3) have a legal matter for which SLS provides service. When you are no longer eligible, SLS will withdraw from your case.

A student may not ask for advice on behalf of another person (relative, friend, etc.) unless the case directly affects the student. The service is not available to anyone who has not paid the student activity fee, including post-doctoral students, those participating in optional practical training, employees and staff of UIC or participants in special programs who do not pay the activity fee.

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Are there any restrictions on the types of cases SLS will handle?

The attorney does not:

  • advise one current UIC student against another current UIC student. If you have a claim adverse to another eligible UIC student, this office cannot advise you.
  • give advice against the University of Illinois, its trustees, officers, agents, associations, departments or employees.
  • advise students regarding University grievance and disciplinary proceedings and may not represent them in any such proceedings.

*SLS provides an attorney to represent students at court and other non-university-related hearings on a limited first-come, first-served and case-by-case basis.

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How much do students have to pay for the use of SLS?

There is no fee paid to SLS; this has been taken care of when your activities fee has been paid to the University. The only fees that you may need to pay would be associated with postage or court costs.

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What is required of a student who wishes to utilize SLS?

Make an appointment with SLS by calling our office at 312-996-9214. (Keep in mind that SLS does not have a receptionist so if your call goes to voicemail, be sure to leave a message for a call back.) Contact SLS as soon as you know you have a legal issue, be mindful that you may not be able to get an appointment immediately because there may be students in queue ahead of you and our office is responsible for any of our 28K+ students who need legal assistance.

Be truthful, be respectful, be responsible, and cooperate in advancing your case. Help us to help you!!! Promptly provide all available records, documents, and information related to the case and update this information as needed. We need leases, tickets, bills, etc. to discuss your questions at the first appointment. Return phone calls from SLS and e-mails in a timely manner (within 48 hours), show up for appointments and notify SLS staff in advance if you will be late or unable to make an appointment. You are also responsible to advise SLS *immediately* (by email) of all developments with your case and/or if you have made an agreement with the other side.

*Should you fail to do these things, SLS may withdraw from your case and you could be suspended from use of the service for a semester.

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What is the structure of the SLS office?

SLS is part of the Dean of Students Office and is a law office for our student clients at UIC. SLS comprises an attorney who serves as Director of Student Legal Services and a paralegal.

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Do you offer notary services?

Yes, we have a notary service for UIC students. No appointment is necessary for notary services; just come to the reception desk (3030 SSB) and ask for the service. Please note that notary services are for students only; they are not available for faculty or staff.

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How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment to visit Student Legal Services, please call 312-996-9214 and speak with a representative. If you get voicemail, please leave a clear message, making sure to leave your full name, student ID number, best number to reach you, your UIC email address, and a brief description of your legal issue. We will do our best to call you back with minimal delay, usually within 24-48 hours.

Before you visit, please download the Agreement for Legal Services, carefully read, sign, and date it. Please fill out the Student Intake Form and bring it with you. You will also need to bring in your current Student ID card.

Our time is valuable, just like yours. If you miss an appointment without informing us in advance, you may be suspended from using our services for a semester. If you are more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled appointment without informing us in advance, you will have to reschedule your appointment.

If your question wasn't answered above. Please contact us.

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Will my information be kept confidential?

Anything you share with the SLS attorney or staff is protected by rule of Attorney-Client Confidentiality. This means that we must not reveal to anyone information relating to the representation of our clients without the clients’ permission.

We will not share your identity or other information about you to ANYONE. This includes UIC, your parents, spouses, relatives, or significant others.

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