Advice & Representation

Student Legal Service (SLS) offers advice and representation in the areas listed below. These services are available to University of Minnesota students paying the Student Services Fee at the Twin-Cities Campus and are limited to those outlined in our Policy Handbook.


Tenant Rights

Examples: Repairs, security deposits, evictions, lease reviews


Criminal Cases

Examples: Misdemeanors, traffic tickets, expungements



Examples: family based green card applications, diversity visa program processing, fiance visas, VAWA self-petitions, crime victim applications, naturalization services, foreign residency waivers, MAVNI, and change of status applications



Examples: Automobile purchases and repairs, credit problems, contracts, insurance coverage, defective goods and services, students loans (non U of M), property loss



Examples: Wrongful termination, wage claim, contract review


Wills, Health Care Directives, and Power of Attorney

SLS helps draft the legal documents listed above, most commonly the Power of Attorney form for students studying abroad. 



Examples: Name changes, harassment



SLS offers only consultation and/or referrals in other legal matters, including, but not limited to, conflict of interest, personal injury, out of seven county metro area, business law, and family law.



Even if the case involves a legal matter listed above, SLS cannot provide service in the following situations:
  • Claims against or adverse to the University of Minnesota
  • Cases involving one eligible student with a claim that is adverse to or potentially in conflict with another U of M student (see Handbook, page 9)
  • Claims against or adverse to the University of Minnesota regents, employees, or agents if the claim arises out of the performance of duties of office or employment at the University of Minnesota
  • Cases challenging the policies or practices of the University of Minnesota
  • Matters that are prohibited by the ethical standards and regulations governing USLS attorneys
  • Matters customarily handles as contingent fee cases (e.g. personal injury)
See complete list of exclusions in our Policy Handbook