PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY - Student Legal Services is offering PHONE appointments for most matters until further notice. NOTARY appointments are IN PERSON. If you feel an in-person appointment is necessary, please call our office at 614-247-5853 to schedule. Otherwise, schedule below.

LEASE REVIEWS: A lease review is an appointment to review a lease for off-campus housing you are preparing to move to. Lease reviews are not for your current off-campus housing. To schedule a lease review with our office, you MUST first WATCH A VIDEO presentation. The video is about 20 minutes long. You can find that video at The video will provide information about how to schedule the lease review appointment. Do NOT schedule in the civil matters schedule for a lease review please! We will cancel that appointment. If you have questions about the process, please email us at If you are trying to schedule a lease review and do not see an available slot for before you need to sign, call our office to inquire about cancellations and being put on a wait list.

CURRENT OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING ISSUES: If you have an issue with your current off-campus housing, please use the CIVIL schedule.

NOTARY: Use the schedule below to make an IN-PERSON notary appointment. The schedule offers appointments two days from the date you are scheduling. If you need an appointment sooner, please email our office ( NOTE – do not sign the document before your appointment.

STUDENTS OUT OF THE COUNTRY: If you are currently out of the country, you may have difficulty conducting a phone appointment. We can offer you an appointment by Skype. When you schedule, enter a US phone number because you cannot enter international phone numbers. Then, in the description of your issue, indicate that you are requesting a Skype appointment. You will be sent detailed instructions before your appointment about how to contact your attorney via Skype.


CRIMINAL and TRAFFIC: Use this schedule if you have been charged with, or received a citation for, a criminal misdemeanor or traffic offense, would like an expungement, want to discuss student conduct charges or how a criminal record may affect a background check, or employment, license, or education application. Please do not use this for traffic accidents where you have not received a citation, please use the Civil Matter schedule for those issues.
CIVIL MATTERS: Do NOT use this schedule for 2021-2022 lease reviews. We will cancel those appointments. Use this schedule for current off-campus housing issues, wills and power of attorney, consumer, domestic, employment, identity theft, document drafting, contracts, debt or credit, vehicle property damage, repairs, buying, or selling.
IMMIGRATION: Use this for immigration and naturalization matters.
VICTIMS ASSISTANCE: If you have experienced violence, including sexual violence, intimate partner or domestic, stalking or harassment, please use the Criminal and Traffic Matter schedule below and schedule an appointment for the afternoon. This will assist us in assigning you to the attorney who handles these matters. If you do not want to schedule online, please feel free to call our office or email us to schedule.


Criminal and Traffic Matter appointments take approximately 30 minutes
Civil Matter and Immigration appointments take approximately 45 minutes to ONE hour
Lease reviews are approximately 20 – 30 minutes
Notary appointments take approximately 15 - 30 minutes

APPOINTMENT START TIME: Please note that we have built time into your appointment for the attorney to review your issue and any documents you have sent. As such, your appointment start time may be 8:45 a.m. but you may not receive the call from your attorney right at 8:45 a.m.

ELIGIBILITY: You must be an Ohio State student to be eligible for services. If you are not an Ohio State student, please do not schedule an appointment, we cannot assist you. Regional campus students are not eligible for services. Before your appointment, SLS will make every effort to verify your eligibility and notify you if we cannot provide services. If you have any questions about your eligibility or the SLS fee, please contact SLS at or (614) 247-5853.

CONFIDENTIALITY: Student Legal Services is not a university office or department. Any information provided to SLS will not be disclosed to the university or any other individual or party without your express consent or as expressly required by law. Due to the nature of conducting phone appointments, to ensure you maintain the confidentiality of the conversation, you should find a place to take the call without others around who may hear your side of the conversation. The attorney you speak to on the phone will ensure she or he is calling from a confidential space.
DO NOT USE FOR LEASE REVIEW. Current off-campus housing issues, wills and power of attorney, vehicles (insurance, repair, sales, purchases), consumer, credit, debt collection, dissolutions, and other civil matters.
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If charged by police with crime or issued a citation, or you want to expunge record. Auto accident-insurance claims, use CIVIL MATTERS schedule if you were NOT charged by police. If no appointment available before your court date, please CALL our office.
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Use this schedule for immigration and naturalization matters.
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Choose this schedule if you need a document(s) notarized. NOTE: DO NOT SIGN THE DOCUMENT BEFORE YOU COME IN! WE CANNOT NOTARIZE IF IT IS ALREADY SIGNED.
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SIGNINGS - Only use if instructed
Only use if you are a current client and were instructed by a SLS staff member to schedule your signing.
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Schedule here if you've been told to schedule here!
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Fee Confirmation Policy
Please note that in order to receive legal services, you must be eligible for SLS services. Before your appointment, SLS will make every effort to verify your eligibility and notify you if we cannot provide services. If you have any questions about your eligibility or the SLS fee, please contact SLS at or (614) 247-5853.
NO SHOW POLICY: SLS is concerned about ensuring access to attorneys for all eligible students. Once an appointment is confirmed, an SLS attorney will necessarily block out that time and prohibit other matters from being scheduled. A failure to cancel an appointment in advance or a failure to appear will negatively impact the effectiveness of the service for other students and the attorney. Accordingly, SLS has a No-Show policy to discourage these missed opportunities. If a student either:
1. Fails to cancel a scheduled appointment by providing advance notice of at least 10 minutes; or
2. Arrives for a scheduled appointment more than 10 minutes late; or
3. Fails to appear for a scheduled appointment altogether;
then that student will be considered a No-Show for that appointment. Any student accumulating more than 3 No-Show appointments may forfeit further eligibility for services from SLS during that participation year.