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Student Legal Services
Who are we?
Student Legal Services (SLS) is a free legal advice and referral service. Funded through SSAF funds, the SLS is available to all current domestic and international students of Western Sydney University or Western Sydney University, The College.
The service is provided by a qualified lawyer who, depending on the semester, may be helped by law students completing a clinical education unit and/ or law graduates completing their Practical Legal Training.
Can we help?
At present, we can advise on the following areas of law:
- Tenancy and accommodation
- Consumer rights
- Minor criminal matters
- Debt/credit issues
- Motor vehicle accidents
- On campus parking fines
- Traffic offences
The Student Legal Service may also be able to certify documents as true copies and witness statutory declarations and other formal documents, subject to availability.
If we are unable to help you with your legal enquiry (for example, if we do not advise on that particular area of law or there is a conflict of interest) we may be able to refer you to a more appropriate service.
Please note that the SLS does not provide help about complaints that may involve, or that you may have against Western Sydney University or Western Sydney University, The College, or on migration, visa, family law or major criminal matters.
The Student Legal Service is staffed 2 days per week. We will try to contact you within 3 business days of receiving your call or email. Where possible we will give advice over the telephone. Alternatively, awe will organise face-to-face appointments if necessary.
To find out further details, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of problems do you help with?
SLS provides advice on a range of different areas of law. If your problem is not an area of law we advise on, we will try to refer you to another service.
Will I have to pay any money for your help?
No. SLS is a free service that is provided through your SSAF funds.
Will I be speaking to a solicitor?
A qualified and professional solicitor from Macquarie Legal Centre will provide you with the legal advice.
Do I have to be a current student?
Yes. In order to receive legal advice, you must be a current student of Western Sydney University or The College.
Are you located on campus?
SLS is currently located at the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic within Parramatta Local Court. SLS also operates a drop-in service at various campuses. If you would like to meet the solicitor t your local campus, please contact SLS via phone or email.
Can you represent me at court?
Generally no, however, the solicitor will assess each matter on a case-by-case basis.
Will my information be kept confidential?
Yes. All information provided to SLS, including advice given, will be kept confidential.
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