Due to the unique dual function of the Undergraduate Legal Aid Office, students are employed in two capacities. Student interns spend one semester assisting with intakes for students seeking legal help. Interns can then apply to work as paid Student Defenders, who assist students facing University Charges.

Many interns and Student Defenders are interested in pursuing a legal career. In recent years, students have gone on to attend law school at elite institutions such as Harvard, Duke, University of Virginia and Georgetown.

For more information about the Internship and Student Defender programs, click the tabs in the navigational bar on the right side of the screen.



The Undergraduate Legal Aid Office internship program allows students to gain valuable hands-on experience while earning 3 hours of academic credit. The office selects 8 students per semester. Interns work approximately 6 hours per week and attend an academic session once every other week.

During office hours, interns perform in-take interviews with students, maintain all administrative records and correspondence, and consult with the attorney. Classroom assignments complement the office learning experience.


To apply, students must have at least 56 credits by the start of the internship and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is recommended.


At the end of the semester, interns are afforded the opportunity to apply to the Student Defender Program. Both the internship and Student Defender Program provide an excellent opportunity for students considering a law-related career, or any student who hopes to develop writing and interpersonal skills while helping their peers.


Student Defender Program

Student Defenders are undergraduate students attending the University of Maryland, College Park. They assist fellow students who are facing university charges relating to the Code of Academic Integrity, the Code of Student Conduct and Resident Life Rights and Responsibilities. Student Defenders are chosen from Student Legal Aid Interns who apply at the end of their internship. Those selected receive extensive training on university procedures and on how to advocate on behalf of student-clients.


Student Defenders assist clients in preparing for a hearing or conference, act as an advocate during the proceedings and can assist with any necessary appeals. Student Defenders can advise students before a Preliminary Interview, but they do not provide representation at the interview.

Student Defenders maintain regular office hours during the semester, totaling about 7 hours per week. They also attend a weekly office meeting and represent students at hearings, which usually take place on weekday evenings.

Eligibility and Benefits

Students are eligible to apply if they have completed the Undergraduate Legal Aid Office internship program and have at least two semesters remaining before graduation.

Student Defenders are paid employees of the office.

Make an Appointment

Student Legal Aid Office

  • 3125 South Campus Dining Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 (301) 314-7756 slao@umd.edu

Regular School Year Hours

Student Defenders are available to provide assistance for university charges 10-4 Monday through Friday.

For Legal Help

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm. Walk-ins are also welcome. *Note: The attorney is not always available, so please call before you visit.

Winter and Summer Hours

The office is generally open M-F 10-4, but please call prior to visiting.