All appointments will take place in the Student Government Conference Room (MSC 4304)
from 11 AM - 1 PM. Please contact our Solicitor General, Alauna Pearson to schedule your appointment or for any questions you may have.
The main purpose of Legal Aid is to provide free legal advice to students attending
the University of South Florida. Legal Aid strives to enhance public awareness by
providing legal publications and programs free of charge. The program offers free
consultations to students from Tampa Bay area attorneys.
The goal of Legal Aid is to be available to all students by enhancing awareness of
the service continuously around campus. With support and dedication to the intentions
of the service and to its goals, Legal Aid will increasingly become a resource students
will know they have if they ever need it.
Client/ Associate Confidentiality
Legal Aid coordinators will respect the laws of client confidentiality as well as
the Attorneys participating in the service. Every message and legal problem related
to a student's particular case is strictly confidential and will not leave the office.
Per the disclaimer, the attorney's contact information is not public through Legal
Aid services and cannot be provided to students using Legal Aid services. Also, the
client's (student's) contact information is not public and is trusted to be confidential
when their information is used for Legal Aid Services.
Legal Questions or Concerns by Students
During the consultation between the Attorneys and the student, the attorney can answer
any questions or concerns with their legal opinion pertaining to the matter and they
will also clarify to the student the particular laws involved relating to their questions
or concerns. Attorneys will be able to assist with any legal question a student may
have EXCEPT for questions regarding a problem with the school (USF). If any student
has a legal concern (i.e. fell down on campus, underage drinking, etc.) we will refer
the student to Student Affairs.
We understand how busy students are and the Legal Aid Service is not available every
day for students to be able to make an appointment at any time. Therefore, If a student
has a legal question or concern however is unable to attend the scheduled appointment
day with the attorney, we can set up a phone appointment between the attorney and
the student with the same rules as if they came in physically. The appointment will
not exceed 15 minutes unless noted by the attorney and no contact information is to
be exchanged following the consultation through Legal Aid. The student must still
make time to come in prior to the appointment day to sign the Legal Aid Disclaimer,
pick up an information packet, and show USF current student identification card.