UMass Student Legal Services Office

UMass Student Legal Services Office The Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is a student-funded law office providing legal assistance t The Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is a student-funded law office providing legal assistance to fee-paying UMass Amherst students and student groups.

We offer FREE, CONFIDENTIAL advice and/or referral in most legal matters affecting students, assisting them to identify and solve their legal problems. In certain limited circumstances we represent students in court. The SLSO employs attorneys, professional support staff, law clerks, and student staff. We also offer semester-long legal assistant internships for UMass Amherst undergraduates.

Operating as usual

UMass Amherst undergraduate students can now apply to the SLSO’s Legal Receptionist position! The application is open th...
05/26/2021
Handshake

UMass Amherst undergraduate students can now apply to the SLSO’s Legal Receptionist position! The application is open through July 31, 2021.

05/24/2021

Congratulations to Emily,a former SLSO intern, receptionist, and rockstar, who just acquired her Masters in Education!

#umass #umassamherst #graduate #slso #sls #studentlegalservices #intern #student #legendary

05/19/2021

Congratulations to the SLSO Alumni graduating from law school this month! We are beyond proud of Haley, Mark, & Christina!

#umass #law #lawschool #umassamherst #slso #sls #lawyer #graduation

Apply for the Fall 2021 Student Legal Service Office Internship. Applications Due: May 7, 2021. Visit www.umass.edu/slso...
04/27/2021

Apply for the Fall 2021 Student Legal Service Office Internship. Applications Due: May 7, 2021. Visit www.umass.edu/slso to download an application today!

#umass #umassamherst #studentlegalservices #undergraduate #internship #fall2021 #student

Apply for the Fall 2021 Student Legal Service Office Internship. Applications Due: May 7, 2021. Visit www.umass.edu/slso to download an application today!

#umass #umassamherst #studentlegalservices #undergraduate #internship #fall2021 #student

The SLSO congratulates all of the RSO’s, Agencies, and  individuals who took home a Sammie Award. Thank you all for your...
04/18/2021

The SLSO congratulates all of the RSO’s, Agencies, and individuals who took home a Sammie Award. Thank you all for your amazing work and for your contributions to the UMass community! #sga #umassamherst #umass #sammies #studentlegalservices #slso #sls

The SLSO congratulates all of the RSO’s, Agencies, and individuals who took home a Sammie Award. Thank you all for your amazing work and for your contributions to the UMass community! #sga #umassamherst #umass #sammies #studentlegalservices #slso #sls

Start Your Legal Career Here (whether operating in-person, remotely, or some mix of the two)Fall 2021 Legal Assistant In...
04/06/2021

Start Your Legal Career Here (whether operating in-person, remotely, or some mix of the two)

Fall 2021 Legal Assistant Internship

Earn up to 12 academic credits; assist SLSO attorneys in advising and representing students; gain hands-on experience in at least 8 different areas of the law (e.g., immigration, housing, higher education, family, and criminal); and observe hearings and other proceedings in court.

Learn more about the internship program and application requirements at www.umass.edu/slso/internship.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2021

#studentlegalservices #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #slso #legalcareer #prelaw

Start Your Legal Career Here (whether operating in-person, remotely, or some mix of the two)

Fall 2021 Legal Assistant Internship

Earn up to 12 academic credits; assist SLSO attorneys in advising and representing students; gain hands-on experience in at least 8 different areas of the law (e.g., immigration, housing, higher education, family, and criminal); and observe hearings and other proceedings in court.

Learn more about the internship program and application requirements at www.umass.edu/slso/internship.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2021

#studentlegalservices #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #slso #legalcareer #prelaw

The SLSO is excited to Welcome Julia Popkin, Esq. in her new role as SLSO Staff Attorney! Julia will be providing advice...
03/24/2021

The SLSO is excited to Welcome Julia Popkin, Esq. in her new role as SLSO Staff Attorney!

Julia will be providing advice, assistance, and representation to students in the areas of criminal law, University discipline cases, immigration law, consumer protection law, and housing law.

Prior to joining the SLSO, Julia worked as a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Northampton, MA and at Brooklyn Defender Services in Brooklyn, NY.

Julia graduated from New York University School of Law magna cm laude and Order of the Coif in 2017. Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, in Sociology from Wesleyan University in 2010.

#student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw

The SLSO is excited to Welcome Julia Popkin, Esq. in her new role as SLSO Staff Attorney!

Julia will be providing advice, assistance, and representation to students in the areas of criminal law, University discipline cases, immigration law, consumer protection law, and housing law.

Prior to joining the SLSO, Julia worked as a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Northampton, MA and at Brooklyn Defender Services in Brooklyn, NY.

Julia graduated from New York University School of Law magna cm laude and Order of the Coif in 2017. Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, in Sociology from Wesleyan University in 2010.

#student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw

02/15/2021

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PUA provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. Visit mass.gov/guides/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-benefits-guide to learn more!

#umassamherst #umass #studentlegalservices #undergraduate #graduate #employment #unemployment

The SLSO will be CLOSED from December 24, 2020 through January 3, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our...
12/23/2020

The SLSO will be CLOSED from December 24, 2020 through January 3, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our pause in service.

#umass #umassamherst #slso #sls #studentlegalservices

The Umass Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is in the process of hiring a new Staff Attorney and invites you to the f...
12/22/2020

The Umass Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is in the process of hiring a new Staff Attorney and invites you to the following forums to meet the candidates.

• The Student Forums are open to all Umass undergraduate and graduates students. The candidates will briefly introduce themselves and explain their interest in the position. The candidates will also provide a short Know Your Rights presentation on a legal issue relevant to students, followed by a question and answer session.
• The Community Forums are open to the entire UMass community, including students, faculty and staff. The candidate will briefly introduce themselves, explain their interest in the position, and answer questions from attendees.

Attendees at each forum will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the Hiring Panel via a web-based evaluation form. All forums will take place via Zoom and require pre-registration.

Please join us on the following dates:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Julia B. Popkin (New York University School of Law, 2017), currently staff attorney in Children and Family Law Division of Committee for Public Counsel Services
• 2:30pm Student Forum
• 4:00pm Community Forum
• Please register for the Julia Popkin forums by visiting https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYscuipqzkqGdUV1QkBbq5xqt1xbGGIES5M.

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Stella Gnepp (Suffolk University Law School, 2013), currently attorney at law office of Kathleen A. Jackson, Associate Attorney at Strategic Counsel, and Temporary Staff Attorney at Community Legal Aid COVID Eviction Legal Help Project
• 2:30pm Student Forum
• 4:00pm Community Forum
• Please register for the Stella Gnepp forums by visiting https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYscuipqzkqGdUV1QkBbq5xqt1xbGGIES5M.

Friday, January 8, 2021
Laurie J. Housman (Golden Gate University School of Law, 1997), currently Lead Immigration Counselor at Hartford Public Library
• 1:00pm Student Forum
• 2:30pm Community Forum
• Please register for the Laurie Housman forums by visiting https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrc-CsqjouGdHVQXdb6isL650LOxlgxCgc.

#umass #umassamherst #slso #sls

UMass Off Campus Student Life
11/15/2020

UMass Off Campus Student Life

With break coming up, there are some important things to think about this year. Don’t be afraid to have your plan and be apart of discussions. #umassamherst #umass #umassteampositivepresence #umassphan #numberonephan

Town of Amherst
10/29/2020
Town of Amherst

Town of Amherst

Town of Amherst Halloween Safety Tips for COVID-19

Voting in 2020: What you should knowHow to Vote: This year, there are 3 main ways people can vote. 1) By Mail-In/Absente...
10/26/2020

Voting in 2020: What you should know

How to Vote: This year, there are 3 main ways people can vote. 1) By Mail-In/Absentee Early and in Person; 2) On Election Day; and 3) Mail-In/Absentee.

Voting by Mail-In. If you're planning to vote by mail, you should send your ballot as soon as possible or plan to put it in a drop box. It’s important that you timely request your ballot (in MA the deadline is October 28th), read ALL the instructions, mark your ballot (it’s likely that black or blue pen is required—check your ballot for instructions), and Carefully sign and seal. You can ballot Track online (depending on your state) or through the USPS. You can also deliver the ballot yourself to a ballot drop box.

Voting Early and In-Person. Many states are holding multiple days of early voting; some have already started! This is a great way to potentially avoid lines on election day. In Massachusetts, early voting lasts until October 30th - check your state's website for details. Your town's early voting location may be different than your typical polling place.

Voting on Election Day. Research what is required to vote in your state (i.e. ID, etc), find your polling location, take necessary COVID precautions, and stay safe!! If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.

Make sure you check 1) your voter registration (the MA registration deadline is October 24th); 2) both sides of your ballot when voting (so you don't miss any questions); 3) if you're allowed to take a picture of your ballot - in many states that is prohibited (including in MA); and 4) that you're not wearing political clothing/merchandise before going to your polling location.

Additional Resources. For more information about your voting rights, visit the ACLU's "Know
Your Voting Rights" website. If you are having voting problems, call the non-partisan Election Protection
hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE.

#voting #sls #slso #studentlegalservices #umassamherst #umass #undergraduate #graduatestudent

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg~ May her memory be for a blessing. #RB...
09/24/2020

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg~ May her memory be for a blessing. #RBG [Image Description: Portrait of RBG in her SCOTUS robes]

Meet Nyuszika, the SLSO’s newest mascot! Weighing in at just over 4 pounds (for now), Nyuszika is the SLSO’s “pandemic p...
07/27/2020

Meet Nyuszika, the SLSO’s newest mascot! Weighing in at just over 4 pounds (for now), Nyuszika is the SLSO’s “pandemic puppy.” She is a connoisseur of legal news, and loves ripping through Lawyer’s Weekly, absolutely devouring each issue when it arrives. She loves sleeping, chewing on shoes and toes, and attending meetings with the SLSO’s clients. Nyuszika is also an avid crafter, and has been feverishly working on creating a snazzy SLSO mask design.

#slso #sls #umass #umassamherst #studentlegalservices #studentlegalservicesoffice #puppy #mascot

Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium Update. The moratorium, originally set to expire on August 18th, is now in place until...
07/23/2020

Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium Update. The moratorium, originally set to expire on August 18th, is now in place until October 17th.

#student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw #moratorium #eviction #evictionmoratorium #unpaidrent #unemployment #covid19 #coronavirus #stateofemergency #housing #tenant #landlord #summaryprocess

Need Rent Relief? On June 29, 2020, DHCD, MHP, and CHAPA released a report, titled Massachusetts Emergency Rental Assist...
07/16/2020

Need Rent Relief? On June 29, 2020, DHCD, MHP, and CHAPA released a report, titled Massachusetts Emergency Rental Assistance Programs in Response to COVID-19, which included a comprehensive list of locally funded Emergency Rental Assistance Programs. Visit www.housingtoolbox.org/writeable/files/resources/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program-Report.pdf to read the report!

#housing #rentrelief #student #undergraduate #graduatestudent #umass #umassamherst #sls #slso #studentlegalservicesoffice #landlord #tenant #rent #eviction #covid19 #emergencyrentalassistance #rentalassistance

The Fall 2020 Guidance (2007-01) issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 6th has been rescinded...
07/14/2020

The Fall 2020 Guidance (2007-01) issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 6th has been rescinded. The Government will return to the policy promulgated on March 9, 2020 (2003-01) and the guidance released on March 13th. The March 9th policy can be found at www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bvm2003-01.pdf. The March 13th guidance can be found at www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Document/2020/Coronavirus%20Guidance_3.13.20.pdf.

#student #internationalstudent #undergraduate #graduatestudent #umass #umassamherst #sls #studentlegalservicesoffice #slso #sevis #ice #immigration

Town of Amherst COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance is now available! The program, administered by Community Action Pio...
07/13/2020

Town of Amherst COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance is now available! The program, administered by Community Action Pioneer Valley, will provide short term emergency rental assistance for households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing up to three (3) months of assistance to eligible Amherst renters. Visit www.communityaction.us/amherstrentalassistance for more information and to apply!

#student #umass #umassamherst #slso #sls #studentlegalservicesoffice #studentlegalservices #undergraduate #graduatestudent #rent #unapidrent #covid19 #rentrelief #rentalassistance #amherst #eviction #landlord #tenant #emergencyassistance

The UMass Graduate Student Senate, in collaboration with the International Programs Office, and the Student Legal Servic...
07/10/2020

The UMass Graduate Student Senate, in collaboration with the International Programs Office, and the Student Legal Services Office, invites you to attend an International Student Community Conversation on July 13, 2020 at 12 PM. On July 6th SEVP announced a modification to the temporary exemptions allowing international students holding M and F visas to engage in online learning. While the full effect of this modification is still unknown, the Graduate Student Senate invites you to join Attorney Bernadette Stark, Director of the Student Legal Services Office, and Ken Reade, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, to share your concerns and get an update on the status of the rule and pending litigation. The Zoom Meeting ID is 932 1405 4277.

#student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #immigrationupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw #international #graduatestudentsenate #gss #internationalstudent #immigration #visa #fvisa #mvisa #attorney #law #internationalprogramsoffice #internationalprograms #sevp #studentexchangevisitorprogram

Everyone physically within the United States, including noncitizens, has a right to remain silent when interacting with ...
06/12/2020

Everyone physically within the United States, including noncitizens, has a right to remain silent when interacting with police.
However, noncitizens (people in the U.S. on a visa, lawful permanent residents, etc.) face additional risks when participating in protests and demonstrations (e.g., immigration consequences stemming from criminal charges—even if those charges are ultimately dismissed—of disorderly conduct, civil disobedience, unlawful assembly, failure to disperse, obstruction of a police officer, resisting arrest, or assault). Some precautions that noncitizens can take if they decide to participate in a protest include, but are not limited to:
• Noncitizens questioned by law enforcement or arrested at a protest:
○ usually should not disclose their immigration status, their birth country, or how they entered the country;
○ should not falsely claim U.S. citizenship or provide fake documents;
○ should carry and show an ILRC red card if questioned or arrested when protesting;
• Noncitizens at a protest:
○ should carry state, local, or student identification if they have it, and to not carry a foreign ID card or any other document that would show that they are a noncitizen;
○ should take digital privacy precautions in advance of the protest (e.g., leave cell phones at home or ensure that they are secure by turning off fingerprint or Face-ID unlock features, adding a strong password, and turning off location tracking, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi).
○ should make sure they have contact information for their immigration attorney, an emergency contact, and any support networks they may need to contact urgently;
○ should take significant precautions and learn about the possible consequences of posting about the action on social media, even after it is over.

Any UMass Amherst student who has questions about the risks associated with participating in protests and demonstrations, or who otherwise requires legal assistance, may request services (including further information about this topic) by submitting an Intake Form to [email protected].

#student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices

The Student Legal Services Office will be closed from June 15, 2020 through June 19, 2020. We will not be checking email...
06/12/2020

The Student Legal Services Office will be closed from June 15, 2020 through June 19, 2020. We will not be checking email, or processing new requests for services until June 23, 2020.

If you need immediate legal assistance, please visit the SLSO Website (www.umass.edu/slso) for a list of resources.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our pause in service.

Address

922 Campus Center
Amherst, MA
01003

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+14135451995

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when UMass Student Legal Services Office posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The University

Send a message to UMass Student Legal Services Office:

Videos

Nearby universities


Other Colleges & Universities in Amherst

Show All