There are many stresses related to going to college — financial, academic and, for some students, legal troubles. Luckily enough for students finding themselves in legal trouble, Carolina Student Legal Services is available, free of charge.
Carolina Student Legal Services is staffed by licensed attorneys, many of whom are UNC graduates.
“We’re professionally licensed attorneys, we’re not students," staff attorney Tristan Routh said. "There’s no additional costs. And then the other big thing, probably one of the most important things, everything that comes into our office is confidential. We do not report things to student government or student conduct or anybody else on campus.”
This may be comforting news to University students whose troubles have caused them to visit Carolina Student Legal Services. Sensitive topics often addressed by Carolina Student Legal Services include alcohol citations and landlord disputes.
There are, however, a few limitations on what Carolina Student Legal Services can provide. The organization cannot represent students in criminal situations or in civil suits filed against fellow students, the University or the state of North Carolina. While Carolina Student Legal Services does not directly handle immigration law, they bring in attorneys to offer workshops regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and similar topics.