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Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services is a free and confidential resource for Penn State University Park and Commonwealth Campus students facing personal legal issues. Learn more about common legal topics from one of our attorneys with a free game-style presentation for student groups:
Game-Style Presentations on Legal Topics

Business Law

There is  an amazing ecosystem throughout the Penn State system for entrepreneurs. Start with the Small Business Development Center to learn about the available resources. Check whether there is a LaunchBox and Innovation HUB at or near your campus.

Here are few of the resources in the State College area:

  1. Small Business Development Center: Consulting, seminars, and resources to help you throughout the process.
  2. Invent PennState: Programs and tools to get you started.
  3. Happy Valley Launchbox, powered by PNC Bank: This is another good starting place to connect with all of the resources available to entrepreneurs.
  4. Entrepreneurship Assistance Clinic: Free legal assistance for many common legal needs of new businesses.
  5. Intellectual Property Clinic: Free legal assistance in patent law.
  6. Arts, Sports & Entertainment Law Clinic: Free legal assistance for many common business legal issues for individuals in art, sports, and entertainment fields.

Civil Law

Student Legal Services can help students with many civil matters including landlord-tenant issues, uncontested family law matters, simple estate documents, and name changes.

When thinking about moving off-campus, learn more about how to Get Started and Know Your Rights.

A great free resource on civil law is This website gathers information, videos, and templates from all of the legal service providers in Pennsylvania and puts them on this free, searchable website.

Many times a legal solution is lengthy, expensive, and divisive. Sometimes a government resource or an alternative dispute resolution process can provide a better solution.

Immigration Law

Immigration law is a rapidly changing field. Global Penn State maintains a page highlighting International Student Alerts.

Check out the International Students link for a primer on common questions about U.S. law and driving in the U.S. for international students.

Reviewed: November 3, 2017