When We Can't Take the Case
There are limitations on the types of cases we can handle. Student Legal Services cannot accept a case where there is a conflict of interest, where we are not qualified to render an opinion, where the case would disproportionately strain our resources, or where another state's law is applicable.
We are required to make these decisions based on our professional ethics rules. If we are not able to help you with your particular case and we will make every effort to provide you with referral information so that you can get the legal assistance you need.
We are only available to University Park students with paid activity fees. We can't give someone advice for another person (such as when a student completes the intake form to ask a question on behalf of a non-student friend).
Here are some examples (there may be others not listed here) of the types of cases our office is not able to handle. If you have such an issue, you can still complete an intake form -- we will do our best to provide you with helpful referral information.
Conflict of Interest
- cases against the University or its employees
- cases against other students
- cases where other students will likely be involved in an adversarial way, such as where a student may be called as a witness for the opposing party
- taxes (Penn State VITA offers free tax preparation assistance for students)
- felony criminal charges
- contested divorce or custody
- class action lawsuits
- medical malpractice or personal injury
- out of county (we can often provide advice, but not representation)
- out of state