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Mission of the Attorney for Students

The mission of the Attorney for Students (AFS) Office is to support student retention by improving students' ability to focus on their education and stay in school through high-quality legal consultation, advice, guidance, counsel, and education.

Our Legal Practice

Available Services:
AFS serves enrolled Texas State students by providing legal counsel, limited scope representation, and practical education concerning their legal rights and responsibilities. Legal services are provided in a broad range of legal areas including, but is not limited to, property law (including lease reviews,) criminal law, family law, employment law, immigration law, consumer and civil matters, contract law, simple wills, and name and gender marker changes. The office can help students find outside agencies or private attorneys with legal issues that we can not assist with.

AFS also provides legal presentations to TXST students, classes and programs by request.

Excluded Services:
AFS does not provide legal counsel on matters involving the Texas State University System or disputes between Texas State students, staff, faculty or departments. We cannot represent students at court hearings. We also do not advise on tax issues or contested divorces.

Attorney-Client Privilege:
From the moment a student contacts AFS, both the Attorney, office staff, and prospective client enter into a relationship ruled by certain expectations.

The client can be assured that all of their information is protected by Attorney-Client privilege. The attorney-client privilege applies from the moment the initial contact is made and continues throughout the entire process.

To provide the best legal advice possible, the client must provide truthful information to the attorney. Without all of the facts, the attorney’s assessment of the situation could result in incorrect or even harmful advice. None of the information the attorney or office staff obtains from the student will be disseminated to any other entity on or off-campus without the client's written permission.

Cancellations and Rescheduling:
AFS recognizes that unexpected issues or events take place that prevents the student from attending their appointment. Students are expected to call the office as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule their appointment so that other students can be served at that appointment time. Students who fail to cancel their appointment could become ineligible for further services for the remainder of the semester.