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  • The Attorney for Students (AFS) offers legal services to all currently enrolled Texas State University students. Having access to a lawyer is a good thing, and not just for students who "get in trouble".  AFS offers legal advice in many areas of the law - from reviewing leases, to helping students set up their own businesses, to immigration issues. In addition to individual consultations, the attorneys are available as speakers and can provide legal presentations to students, classes, recognized organizations and programs by reques on a wide variety of legal topics.  AFS provides limited scope representation, but does not provide in-court representation and cannot make court appearances on behalf of students.

  • All currently enrolled Texas State University students are eligible.

  • No. There is NO additional cost for legal services. AFS services are included in your student services fees, so all legal services, consultations and presentations are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to students.

  • Yes.  An attorney is sworn to preserve the confidences of all clients.  Case information will not be released to other university staff or third parties without your written authorization.  No exceptions.  The attorney-client privilege applies to all personal communications between students and AFS attorneys including the administrative assistant, student workers, and interns under the supervision of the Attorney for Students.  Your privacy will be respected and maintained at all times.

  • Call or email AFS to schedule an appointment with an attorney and provide the staff member with your legal question and information to help match you with the appropriate attorney. 

    • Call 512-245-2370
    • Email legalhelp@txstate.edu
    • Visit us at the LBJ Student Center, 5-1.5  ( To maintain physical distancing measures please try to call before visiting.)
  • Prior to your appointment email all documents to LegalHelp@txstate.edu

    Important: In the subject line of the email please type "Attorney-Client Privileged" when sending confidential information and documents.

    Provide any documents related to your legal issues, such as:

    • insurance policy and information for claims
    • copies of apartment leases and addendums
    • traffic tickets
    • criminal citations
    • letters from creditors
    • credit reports
    • employment contracts, handbooks or policies
    • immigration related documents or notices
    • copies of emails
    • court documents
    • court appearance notices
    • police reports
  • Yes. AFS can give you resources and help you with the initial paperwork.

  • Review all documents with an attorney before signing, so you know you and your guarantor's rights and responsibilities before you sign a contract worth thousands of dollars. AFS highly encourages students and parents to explore joint/traditional leases in addition to individual/ rent-by-the bed housing contracts.

  • Yes. AFS is happy to provide legal consultations on immigration matters, including applications for naturalization, DACA, family petitions, and other statuses.

  • Yes. AFS will counsel with you, walk you through the process of filing a police report, and give you resources on and off campus.

  • Yes, absolutely. AFS will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the law as well as explain the court system and your options for resolving your case.

  • Yes, absolutely. Once you complete your court-ordered sanctions, or your case is dismissed, AFS can help remove the case from your record so you can continue in higher education and find stable employment.

  • Yes, absolutely. AFS will walk you through the insurance process to help you pay for car repairs, and help you negotiate medical bills, and settlement options.

  • AFS can help you explore your options, including contacting the Texas Workforce Commission.

  • AFS can help talk you through the process and give you resources on and off campus.

  • Yes, absolutely. AFS can help draft documents, walk you through the court process, and consult on how to change your passport, birth certificate, driver license, and other important documents.

  • AFS can help. In some situations, students may choose to give their parents medical powers of attorney. Other students may want to craft a will and estate plan in order to protect and care for their partners, children, and families.

  • No, but AFS will point you in the right direction and assist with general resources to help you address whatever issues you might have.

  • Yes, absolutely. AFS has strong ties to the community and also has built lasting partnerships within Texas State University. If AFS cannot directly help with your issue, AFS will help find someone who can.

  • Since 1973! The Attorney for Students office has a long history with the students of Texas State University, and will continue to provide students with legal services.