Who is eligible for the services provided? What is the cost?
Students who are currently enrolled at
WVU and have paid their student activity fee are eligible to use
WVU Student Legal Services (SLS). No additional fees are charged for any
of the legal services provided. The students will, however, be responsible for
paying service of process fees and court filing fees if their case is pursued in
All eligible persons have equal access to
WVU Student Legal Services without regard to race, color, creed, religion,
national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status,
veteran status or sexual orientation. Any individual needing special accommodations
should contact our office at 304-293-4897.
How does a student use this service?
Students should contact our office at 304-293-4897, or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org, to make an appointment for consultation. After determining
your eligibility, we will make an appointment for you with a lawyer or law clerk
at the earliest possible time. Legal advice will not be given over the phone.
Once the appointment is made, the student should prepare a brief summary of the issues
that they wish to discuss with the attorney or the law clerks. The summary should
be delivered to the
SLS office at least one day prior to the scheduled appointment. Students
may choose to email, fax or hand deliver their summaries.
What are the limitations of the service?
WVU Student Legal Services (SLS) assists students with issues including landlord/tenant
matters, consumer problems, family law matters, insurance claims, contracts, wills,
powers of attorney and debt collection defense. The decision to represent a student
on any given matter is wholly within the discretion of the attorney.
SLS may provide limited services in certain matters. These include, but are not limited
to, limiting services to referrals in matters that may unduly monopolize program
resources to the disadvantage of other eligible students and limiting services
to student organizations to educational presentations only. SLS cannot represent
a student in matter involving other students or the university. These cases
can be referred to mediation through our office.
SLS is committed to providing the students at West Virginia University with
the best legal services possible. To ensure that we are providing the best services,
we ask our clients to fill out a client satisfaction survey once their case has
been closed. This survey allows us insight into our clients’ needs and overall
approval of the services we have provided.
SLS reserves the right to limit its caseload as necessary to maintain a high quality
What information should I bring to my appointment?
Students are encouraged to bring all relevant documentation relating to the issues
that they wish to discuss with the attorney or the law clerks.
If you are experiencing a dispute with your landlord, it is very important to bring
a copy of the lease that you signed. In addition, you should bring all correspondences
or notices from the landlord.
Is the information shared with
Yes. Each student who seeks our advice or representation enters into a formal attorney-client
relationship. One of the hallmarks of the attorney-client relationship is the concept
of the attorney-client privilege. The privilege deals directly with the obligation
of confidentiality that a lawyer and their staff has with respect to information
relating to a specific client.
I need something notarized, can you help?
Yes. We are a notary service. Contact our office at 304-293-4897, or email us at
email@example.com, to make an appointment.
SLS speak to various groups at
If you would like someone from this office to do an educational presentation, please
contact Gail Lipscomb at