Eligibility & Representation

You must be a full-time UNC-Chapel Hill student to be eligible for legal advice and/or representation from Student Legal Services.

Continuing education students, postdoctoral students, and visiting scholars do NOT pay the Student Legal Services Fee and therefore are ineligible for advice and/or representation from our office. All students who have paid the student legal services activity fee are eligible to utilize the service in the following situations:

  • The legal problem arose during a semester in which the student SLS fee was paid and no more than 3 months has elapsed since the student qualified as a SLS fee paying student
  • The legal problem arose prior to the student’s matriculation as a SLS fee paying student but requires legal attention during the eligible semester
  • Representation was undertaken and/or litigation was filed on behalf of the student during an eligible semester but representation of the student continued beyond the student’s period of eligibility.

Representation and Advice
We offer:

  1. Legal advice on (almost) any matter to eligible students
    • All immigration and tax matters are highly specialized and the attorneys limit their advice in those matters to referrals only.
  2. Legal advice to Student Groups (except Student Government [all branches including Executive, Student Congress, GPSF, Student Courts, and Student Attorney Generals], CUAB, SAFO, RHAA, Senior Class, CAA, University Hearing Boards, and select Campus Y groups) and representation is provided for those student organizations receiving student activity fees provided they are not a university sponsored group who are eligible for advice from University Counsel.
  3. Legal Representation, including court appearances, is available to eligible students for the following problems:
    • Expunction of a criminal arrest record (only in the 15 B Judicial District) where there has been no previous expunction and the client is found not guilty or the charges are dismissed in criminal court
    • Consumer problems arising within the jurisdiction of the North Carolina General Courts of Justice, District Court Division
    • Property damage claims, exclusive of all personal injury claims, arising within the jurisdiction of the North Carolina General Courts of Justice, District Court Division
    • Uncontested divorces.
  4. A notary service and drafts promissory notes and powers of attorney.

Restrictions on Advice and Representation

  1. Carolina Student Legal Services cannot advise or represent students who have legal questions or concerns with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or any part therein. Students who have legal questions or concerns regarding the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or any part therein may contact the following student organizations if you have any questions or concerns regarding Carolina’s Honor System.
    • For information about Honor System procedures or the Honor Code, please visit http://honor.unc.edu.
    • For more advice regarding Honor Code violations or for independent representation in Undergraduate Honor Court, please contact the Independent Defense Counsel (IDC) at idc@unc.edu.
  2. Carolina Student Legal Services cannot advise or represent students who have legal questions or concerns with fellow students who are eligible for our services, unless each and every student involved in the legal matter in question comes in at the same time for advice and/or counsel.Each student will have to sign a waiver of conflict of interests in order for us to assist in the matter. **This does not include criminal charges where the victim and the defendant are both students (we cannot advise or represent at all in those matters). See our Conflict of Interest Statement for more details.
  3. Carolina Student Legal Services cannot represent students who have legal questions or concerns with the State of North Carolina and its agencies. We can advise students in these matters regarding their rights and responsibilities and the course(s) they may take regarding the legal matter.
  4. Our attorneys will not advise on any matter or other dispute that would violate the attorneys’ duties under the Rules and Regulations of the North Carolina State Bar and the Revised Rules of Professional Conduct of the North Carolina State Bar.
  5. While actual in-court representation of students is limited, the attorneys may pursue your rights in court on any landlord/tenant problem and minor (under $10,000.00) consumer and property damage claims. In addition, the attorneys may undertake expungement and uncontested divorce proceedings on behalf of students.
  6. Attorneys cannot povide representation if legal jurisdiction and/or venue is outside of Durham, Wake, Orange, Chatham or Alamance County.