The UMSU Legal Service is a community legal centre that provides free and confidential legal assistance and financial counselling services to all currently-enrolled students of the University of Melbourne.
The legal service is staffed by qualified lawyers, and provides assistance on various legal issues, including:
- Employment law
- Infringements / fines
- Minor criminal law
- Consumer law
- Car and bike accidents
- Family violence / personal safety
- Sexual harassment
To contact the UMSU Legal Service, please select "Get Legal Help" below.
Update on COVID-19
Like many services throughout the community, the UMSU Legal Service is implementing social distancing via alternative working arrangements to support staff and student health and wellbeing in accordance with official advice on the COVID-19 pandemic. As we experience disruptions from measures to prevent the spread of the virus, we’re working hard to continue to deliver legal services to students while ensuring the health and safety of the community and our staff.
We are still operating remotely to provide you with legal and financial counselling assistance.
Our phone advice line is closed until further notice, however, we will be providing advice by email and arranging phone appointments as required.
We are also experiencing increased demand owing to legal issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that you please be patient during this time, as it may take us longer than usual to respond to enquiries.
COVID-19 university resources
You can find updates on how COVID-19 may impact your studies and the help which is available, on the following websites:
If you need help with a problem you are having at university because of COVID-19, please contact the UMSU Advocacy Service here.
COVID-19 legal and financial counselling resources
You can find answers to some common legal problems arising out of COVID-19 on the Victoria Legal Aid website here.
If you have an enquiry about the impact of COVID-19 on visas and migration, you can contact a registered migration agent through the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority here.
If you have a tenancy or housing problem because of COVID-19, you can find information to help you on the Tenants Victoria website here.
If you have a consumer problem because of COVID-19, you can find information to help you on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website here.
If you have an employment problem because of COVID-19, you can find information to help you on the following websites:
If you are having financial difficulties because of COVID-19, you can find information to help you on the following websites:
If you are experiencing family or domestic violence because of COVID-19, you can find information and services to help you on the Victoria Legal Aid website here.
If you are going to a tribunal or court and you need information about whether your court date has been postponed, you can find information about court and tribunal closures, and contact the relevant venue, on the Judicial College of Victoria website here (click on “Victoria,” then find the name of your court or tribunal and click on “latest announcement” to go to that venue’s website, where you can find contact details).
Last updated: 28 February 2022