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 to fee-paying UMass Amherst students and student groups.

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.

Mission: Lawyers fighting for students' rights since 1974.

Are you an international student at UMass Amherst with a legal question? Ask an Attorney! Join the SLSO on June 26th, Ju...
06/04/2020

Are you an international student at UMass Amherst with a legal question? Ask an Attorney! Join the SLSO on June 26th, July 17th, and August 11th, from 3 - 4 PM for a free, confidential one-on-one with Attorney Stark! Co-sponsored by the International Programs Office. #student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw #international #internationalstudent #immigration #visa #fvisa #jvisa #attorney #law #lawyer #internationalprogramsoffice #internationalprograms

Are you an International Student that received a stimulus payment? Join Certified Public Accountant Brandon J. O’Donnell...
05/07/2020

Are you an International Student that received a stimulus payment? Join Certified Public Accountant Brandon J. O’Donnell and Attorney Bernadette Stark on May 14th at 4:00 PM, as they discuss eligibility for these payments, and what to do if you received one by mistake.
#student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw

MA Eviction Moratorium: What It Means for Students — WATCH NOW @ https://Youtu.be/yfFh3rQHO8M.  #student #umass #umassam...
05/06/2020

MA Eviction Moratorium: What It Means for Students — WATCH NOW @ https://Youtu.be/yfFh3rQHO8M. #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

Is it lawful for your summer internship to be unpaid? Maybe. Maybe not. Submit a request for services (at //www.umass.ed...
05/01/2020

Is it lawful for your summer internship to be unpaid? Maybe. Maybe not. Submit a request for services (at //www.umass.edu/slso/request-services) to the SLSO to find out more. #student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw #internship #unpaidinternship #wageandhour #employmentlaw #employment #volunteer #wages

If you are an international student,  received a CARES stimulus payment, and are unsure of your tax filing status, speak...
04/29/2020

If you are an international student, received a CARES stimulus payment, and are unsure of your tax filing status, speak to a tax professional before you spend the money. #student #umass #umassamherst #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentgovernment #law #legal #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #massachusetts #ma #legalupdate #legalinformation #massachusettslaw #cares #stimuluspayment #stimulus #tax #taxes #filingtaxes #taxpayer

COVID-19 Law Update #umass #umassamherst #landlord #tenant #latefee #debtcollection #housing #housinglaw #studentlegalse...
04/23/2020

COVID-19 Law Update #umass #umassamherst #landlord #tenant #latefee #debtcollection #housing #housinglaw #studentlegalservices #sls #slso #student #undergraduate #graduatestudent #rent #rental #eviction #evictionmoratorium #covid19 #coronavirus

MA Eviction Moratorium: What Does It Mean For Students? Join us on Friday, April 24th at 4:00 PM, as we discuss and answ...
04/22/2020

MA Eviction Moratorium: What Does It Mean For Students? Join us on Friday, April 24th at 4:00 PM, as we discuss and answer questions about the impact the moratorium on evictions in MA will have for students struggling to pay their rent. #umass #umassamherst #studentlegalservices #slso #sls #undergraduate #graduatestudent #covid19 #coronavirus #law #landlord #tenant #rent #eviction #evictionmoratorium

Stay tuned for a deeper look into the details of the newly passed moratorium on evictions in MA! #tenant #umass #umassam...
04/21/2020

Stay tuned for a deeper look into the details of the newly passed moratorium on evictions in MA! #tenant #umass #umassamherst #landlord #eviction #evictionmoratorium #slso #sls #studentlegalservices #rent #student

Ending Your Off-Campus Lease Early in the Time of COVID-19: What You Need To Know is now available to watch online at ht...
04/11/2020

Ending Your Off-Campus Lease Early in the Time of COVID-19: What You Need To Know is now available to watch online at https://www.umass.edu/slso/about/legalupdates! #landlord #tenant #umass #umassamherst #covid #covid19 #coronavirus #lease #student #undergraduate #graduatestudent #studentlegalservices #sls #slso #rent #housing

Your legal career starts here! Apply to be an undergraduate #intern at the SLSO in Fall 2020! Offering up to 12 credits,...
04/09/2020

Your legal career starts here! Apply to be an undergraduate #intern at the SLSO in Fall 2020! Offering up to 12 credits, the internship includes opportunities to engage in legal research and writing, learn substantive law in several practice areas, visit local courts, and so much more! Visit www.umass.edu/slso to learn more and apply. #internship #umass #umassamherst #studentlegalservices #sls #slso #law #student #undergraduate

Where’s My $1,200? Visit www.umass.edu/slso/sites/default/files/whereismy1200dollars.pdf to learn more about Economic St...
04/03/2020

Where’s My $1,200? Visit www.umass.edu/slso/sites/default/files/whereismy1200dollars.pdf to learn more about Economic Stimulus Checks and UMass Amherst Students! Shoutout to Attorney Andy Peiffer at Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University for writing this awesome summation of what the CARES Act means for students! #umass #umassamherst #stimulus #economicstimulus #student #undergraduate #graduatestudent #sls #slso #theohiostateuniversity #studentlegalservices #caresact #covid19 #coronavirus

The IRS will NEVER call you. Do not give out your personal information over the phone without first verifying the identi...
04/02/2020

The IRS will NEVER call you. Do not give out your personal information over the phone without first verifying the identity of the caller—even if they say they want to give you money. #scam #scammers #umass #umassamherst #student #internationalstudents #graduatestudent #undergraduate #sls #slso

Meet Simba,  another SLSO mascot/legal eagle! Weighing in at 38 pounds (that is not a typo), Simba routinely proclaims h...
04/02/2020

Meet Simba, another SLSO mascot/legal eagle! Weighing in at 38 pounds (that is not a typo), Simba routinely proclaims himself to be “one of the greatest legal minds of this century.” He loves sleeping, eating, and reading obscure legal fiction. #sls #slso #umass #umassamherst #cat #mascot #legaleagle

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04/02/2020

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The 5 College Mutual Aid resource network is intended to help connect students from the 5 Colleges to people and organizations that can assist them in any number of ways throughout this pandemic. For more information and to view to resource document, visit bit.ly/5college-aid. 🤝 We can only get through this crisis by supporting one another and joining hands: get the aid you need and see what you can offer others now. (bit.ly/5college-aid)

Please share far and wide to students at UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Hampshire College!

Need food? Need shelter? There are resources available to help you. We are available to help you. Reach out. Accept supp...
04/01/2020

Need food? Need shelter? There are resources available to help you. We are available to help you. Reach out. Accept support. #food #covid #umass #umassamherst #student #undergraduate #graduatestudent #sls #slso #foodinsecurity

04/01/2020

In Massachusetts, it is Illegal for a landlord, on their own, to remove tenants and occupants and their belongings from a rented apartment, room, or home without first getting a court order. #housing #landlord #tenant #eviction #moveout #selghelpeviction #illegal #ma #umass #umassamherst #student #undergraduate #graduatestudent #sls #slso

The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition Program (RAFT) is designed to allow eligible households to receive...
04/01/2020

The Residential Assistance for Families in Transition Program (RAFT) is designed to allow eligible households to receive a maximum of $4,000/year in flexible funds to help avoid or exit homelessness. If you live in Hampshire County (e.g., Amherst, Hadley, Belchertown, South Hadley, Northampton) call 413-233-1600 for more information. If you live in Franklin County (e.g., Sunderland, Deerfield, Greenfield) call 413-863-9781 for more information. And, visithttp://mahomeless.org/images/RAFT_UPDATE_-_MCH-English_-_march_30.pdf for more information about this program. #housing #homelessness #landlord # tenant #landlord-tenant #ma #massachusetts #umass #umassamherst #rent #rentday #eviction #rentalassistance #student #undergraduate #graduatestudent #slso #sls

The SLSO is offering an encore presentation of Ending Your Off-Campus Lease Early in the time of COVID19: What You Need ...
03/31/2020

The SLSO is offering an encore presentation of Ending Your Off-Campus Lease Early in the time of COVID19: What You Need to Know—on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 4:00 PM. #umassamherst #landlord #tenant #student #undergraduate #massachusetts #lease #tenancy #graduatestudent #housing #offcampushousing

Meet Yoshi, another SLSO mascot/legal eagle. Weighing in at 16 ounces (give or take), Yoshers (as she likes to be called...
03/27/2020

Meet Yoshi, another SLSO mascot/legal eagle. Weighing in at 16 ounces (give or take), Yoshers (as she likes to be called) enjoys smelling the flowers, sunning herself by the window and shredding opposing counsel’s legal arguments. Her favorite food is a bright blue horn worm, but she enjoys a good roach here and there (“only the kind that moves, people!”). #beardeddragon #beardie #umassamherst #umass #sls #slso #mascot #legaleagle #puns #badpuns

03/26/2020

Legal Update! The Department of Public Utilities has issued a temporary Order prohibiting investor-owned utility companies from shutting off gas, electric, and water utility service to any customers for failure to pay a bill. #landlord #tenant #undergraduate #graduatestudent #umass #umassamherst #sls #slso #legalservices #utilities

500 participants are now welcome in Ending Your Lease Early in the Time of COVID-19! ZOOM in at the appointed time! #sls...
03/26/2020

500 participants are now welcome in Ending Your Lease Early in the Time of COVID-19! ZOOM in at the appointed time! #sls #slso #lease #landlord #tenant #legal #legaleducation #umass #umassamherst #knowyourrights #knowyourresponsibilities

Introducing Dulcelina, (one of) the SLSO mascots/legal eagles. Weighing in at 7.5 pounds, Big D (as she prefers to be ca...
03/26/2020

Introducing Dulcelina, (one of) the SLSO mascots/legal eagles. Weighing in at 7.5 pounds, Big D (as she prefers to be called) loves constitutional law, snuggling, napping, and “the meats.” #slso #sls #workingfromhome #remotework #law

Spread the word! The SLSO is offering a Zoom presentation —Ending Your Off-Campus Lease Early in the time of COVID19: Wh...
03/24/2020

Spread the word! The SLSO is offering a Zoom presentation —Ending Your Off-Campus Lease Early in the time of COVID19: What You Need to Know—on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:00 PM. #umassamherst #landlord #tenant #student #undergraduate #massachusetts #lease #tenancy #graduatestudent #housing #offcampushousing

03/20/2020

Tax Day has been moved from April 15th to July 15th. #umassamherst #graduatestudents #undergraduates #tax #taxes

03/19/2020

Learn about unemployment benefits for workers whose workplaces have shut down as a result of COVID-19 by visiting: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-unemployment-benefits. #umassamherst #workers #unemployment #students #undergraduates #graduatestudents #slso #sls #law #legal #departmentoflabor

03/18/2020

#internationalstudents #students #gss #umassamherst #legalservices #slso #sls

03/18/2020

As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1st to help slow the spread of COVID-19. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. #immigration #umassamherst #internationalstudents #umassgss #umasssga

At this time, all non-emergency cases will be scheduled for, or continued to, a date no earlier than April 21, 2020. #ho...
03/18/2020

At this time, all non-emergency cases will be scheduled for, or continued to, a date no earlier than April 21, 2020. #housingcourt #eviction

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families has expanded emergency housing placements due to COVID-19. Guidance from Ve...
03/18/2020

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families has expanded emergency housing placements due to COVID-19.

Guidance from Veteran’s Affairs is available at https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf

The SLSO is open!  #umassamherst #legalservices #sls #studentlegalservices #undergraduate #graduate #sga #gss #agency
03/17/2020

The SLSO is open! #umassamherst #legalservices #sls #studentlegalservices #undergraduate #graduate #sga #gss #agency

03/13/2020
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Apply to join our team! Applications are due by March 27th! Also, please share to your networks!

SLSO Staff Attorney Apply now Job no: 505041 Work type: Staff Full Time Location: UMass Amherst Department: Student Legal Services Office Union: PSU Categories: Professional Staff Union (PSU), Student Affairs & Services About UMass Amherst UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nati...

Join us! #umassamherst #knowyourrights #international #internationalstudents #gss #graduatestudentsenate #internationalp...
02/28/2020

Join us! #umassamherst #knowyourrights #international #internationalstudents #gss #graduatestudentsenate #internationalprogramsoffice #immigration #immigrationlawyer #graduatestudent #undergraduate

Only five more days to apply to the Fall 2019 Legal Assistant Internship!For more information and to learn how to apply,...
04/10/2019
Internship | Student Legal Services Office

Only five more days to apply to the Fall 2019 Legal Assistant Internship!
For more information and to learn how to apply, visit www.umass.edu/slso/internship.

Our undergraduate legal assistants are selected from applicants each fall and spring semester. They work 34.5 hours per week, and receive 12 academic credits for their work. Legal assistants play a vital role at the Student Legal Services Office.

Address

922 Campus Center
Amherst, MA
01003

General information

DISCLAIMER: Student Legal Services Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides these web pages for general informational and educational purposes only as a service to University of Massachusetts Amherst students. Any information on these web pages is not, and is not intended to be, legal advice. Legal advice can be provided only in the course of an attorney-client relationship with reference to all the facts of a specific situation.

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

(413) 545-1995

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