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CAROLINA
STUDENT
LEGAL
SERVICES

A NON-PROFIT LAW FIRM ON CAMPUS SERVING UNC STUDENTS

 

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PRACTICE
AREAS

CSLS cannot advise or represent against another UNC student, the University, or the state of North Carolina.

LANDLORD - TENANT

Lease reviews, security deposit concerns, evictions, roommate agreements, subleasing questions, and even litigation. We can assist you with almost any landlord-tenant need.

STUDENT GROUPS

Our director assists the 830+ student groups on campus with their various legal questions, and helps them form non-profit corporations and apply for IRS 501(c)(3) status, when appropriate.  We also present to student groups upon request. 

TRAFFIC, CRIMINAL & EXPUNGEMENTS

Our office is advice only on traffic/criminal, but we walk you through everything you need to know to prepare you for court so you can handle your case with ease. We do however represent on most NC expunctions to help you clear your criminal record.  

NAME & GENDER MARKER CHANGES

Our office is happy to assist students that desire to change their name in NC or their gender marker on their NC birth certificate.

REFERRALS FOR BUSINESS & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

We do not advise for-profit businesses or advise on any matters related to Intellectual Property such as Copyright, Trademark and Patent matters.  We can provide a list of referrals for business related matters such as starting a for-profit business, non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property, and tax matters.

FAMILY LAW & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

We represent in ​most domestic violence and uncontested divorce cases, as long as the other party is not a UNC student, ​and the matter can be filed in Orange, Durham, Wake or Chatham counties. We also provide limited advice and referrals on other family law matters.

CONSUMER

From debt collection to identity theft, defective products and towing cases, let us help you with your consumer troubles.

NOTARY SERVICES

All four of our staff members are notaries.  We provide notary 

services to current students, faculty, and staff.  We do not notarize I-9 forms, and we cannot verify the authenticity of a document.

IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS

Our office contracts with an immigration attorney to provide brief initial consultations for students with immigration matters. 

EMPLOYMENT MATTERS

We provide advice on general employment matters such as application questions, contract review, filing for unemployment, and wage and hour disputes.  We provide referrals for students that have more specific employment issues such as possible discrimination, ADA claims, and wrongful termination.

NAME, IMAGE & LIKENESS

Our office collaborates with UNC Athletics, the UNC Law School,  and the NC Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Division to provide limited advice and referrals for UNC students with questions about Name, Image and Likeness contracts. 

ESTATE

We provide advice and assistance with drafting wills and power of attorney documents to help you prepare for your future.

& MORE

We meet with students on almost any legal matter.  If it's not a matter that we can advise you on, we can provide referrals to resources both on and off campus.  Make our office your first stop for your legal needs.

ABOUT CSLS

Carolina Student Legal Services, Inc. is 501(c)(3) located on UNC's campus.  Our office is separate from the university, which means that all visits are also strictly confidential.  Our office is staffed by three licensed attorneys and one legal assistant.  We are available to provide students with assistance in understanding the factors that should be considered when one seeks legal advice, to determine if a lawyer's services are or are not necessary, and to provide appropriate representation or referral.

CSLS is funded by an activity fee that all full-time students pay each academic year.  Thus, essentially CSLS is a pre-paid service for full time students.  The only instances that our clients will have out-of-pocket expenses occurs when there are court costs associated with taking court action.

ALL VISITS ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

We do occasionally offer walk-in services, but appointments are preferred.  Our office is open every day that classes or exams are held.  We are closed on Reading Days, University Holidays, and breaks between academic sessions.  

HOURS

Monday-Friday

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All days classes or exams are held

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OUR ATTORNEYS

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FRAN MUSE
DIRECTOR
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TRISTAN ROUTH
STAFF ATTORNEY
Lauren Shoffner
LAUREN SHOFFNER
STAFF ATTORNEY
ATTORNEYS

TESTIMONIALS

GRACE 

GRADUATE STUDENT

The people here are super helpful and informative. The attorney that I worked with was very thorough and got all of my case documents in order. The whole process went very smoothly. Best of all, it was free.

LANCE 

GRADUATE STUDENT

I cannot overstate how helpful Carolina Student Legal Services was in resolving a landlord-tenant issue. Carolina Student Legal Services provided easy appointment scheduling and was very knowledgeable about state and local laws.

THOMAS

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Definitely recommend checking out Carolina Student Legal Services if you need any legal advice or help with anything. The attorneys were extremely helpful with regards to my case and their kindness and service was exceptional.

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CSLS

PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ENSURE THE SECURITY OF ALL INFORMATION SUBMITTED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

OUR LOCATION & INFORMATION

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR OFFICE PLEASE CALL (919) 962-1303 OR EMAIL US AT CSLS@UNC.EDU

FRANK PORTER GRAHAM STUDENT UNION - SUITE 3512

Email: csls@unc.edu
Tel:  919-962-1303

Mail: P.O. Box 1312, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

OUR HOURS

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

***All days classes or exams are held

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