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Student Legal Services Handbook

Learn about many common legal topics of interest to students, and find links to more information.


The SLS Handbook's purpose is to provide general information about common legal issues that students often encounter. It's not designed to provide legal advice or counsel.

Please be sure to read the disclaimer, and seek assistance from Student Legal Services or another legal professional before making important legal decisions.

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Student Legal Services at the University of California, San Diego is a Student Affairs program funded through student registration fees. Student Legal Services provides free, confidential counseling on legal topics, education and referrals to registered undergraduate and graduate students and student organizations. Student Legal Services aims to provide students with the information they need to keep abreast of their legal rights and responsibilities and hopes that this Handbook will serve as an educational resource for students. Student Legal Services makes this Handbook available for informational purposes only. Student Legal Services does not warrant that information contained in this Handbook is accurate or complete. Moreover, the information contained herein is general in nature, and may not apply to particular factual or legal circumstances. This Handbook does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. No attorney-client relationship is created by use of this Handbook. The authors of this site, Student Legal Services, UCSD, and all of its affiliates disclaim any implied warranties.

Questions? Contact Student Legal Services, (858) 534-4374.