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The Legal Services for Students attorneys are appointed by the university president and are licensed to practice law in the State of Texas:


Established in June 1970, Legal Services for Students at The University of Texas at Austin was the first full-time on campus legal assistance program in the United States, and was initially staffed by one attorney and one secretary. The office has since grown to a staff comprised of two full-time and one half-time attorney, one legal secretary and two law clerks. The office is funded through the mandatory student service fee at the rate of approximately $2 per semester.


The students' attorney directs the office and reports to the Dean of Students. Selection of the office’s professional, support and volunteer staff is the responsibility of the students' attorney, acting within the general guidelines of university policy and budgetary constraints.

Vision Statement

The Legal Services for Students office at The University of Texas at Austin will enhance the strength and quality of our students by allowing them to remain focused on the pursuit of academic excellence. We strive to play a key role in the university's education, retention and advancement of outstanding students. Our assistance and intervention in legal matters facilitates students in reaching their academic and personal potential. We are determined to help create well-prepared future alumni with a foundation in practical legal knowledge.

Mission Statement

The mission of Legal Services for Students at the University of Texas at Austin is:

  • To provide high quality legal services to students by enabling them to assess the merits of their concern and achieve the most beneficial response. We further endeavor to usher students through the potentially harmful emotional reactions, financial crises, and life changes that can accompany legal issues or disputes, and help them to plan for their future, control outcomes and manage consequences;
  • To help students make wise choices by providing preventative legal education through multiple avenues of outreach programming and education;
  • To protect students from predatory practices, to which college students are uniquely vulnerable; and,
  • To maintain the university's reputation amongst its peers for excellence in student services by maintaining, promoting and building upon our status as the first program of its kind

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