Which is Better: Independent Lawyer vs. NAU?
College students who face legal issues, even those not created by their own actions, need guidance through the paperwork and the court process. Students have a number of daily pressures, including school work, jobs, family, and attending classes. Even a minor legal issue can disrupt those priorities and, if not handled properly, can cause the student to perform poorly in class or even drop out of school altogether.
Why NAU Students May Need Legal Support Outside of the University
Whether a student chooses to seek legal counsel due to an unexpected event or as a safety measure, there are a number of reasons college students may need a lawyer.
For college students who have never had a need for a lawyer, turning to NAU Student Legal Counsel may seem like a good approach. Unfortunately, the student legal counsel office is limited in how it can represent or assist students.
For example, “the attorney is not permitted to represent you in any adversarial hearings, judicial or administrative, to charge a fee, or to represent you in any actions resulting from a violation of the Arizona Criminal Code or the Board’s Code of Conduct.” Most universities do not provide students with proper forms of support because their focus is to protect the university, not the student.
The Importance of Seeking Trusted Legal Support as a College Student
Students who face issues with roommate’s failing to pay rent, have been charged with DUI, or need protection from another individual need an independent lawyer who will decisively take action on their behalf. Hiring an independent lawyer means the student has an ally on their side, not a neutral third party who serves a mediator role.
The guidance of the NAU Student Legal Counsel, and those like it, can serve as good resources for students who have a question or two about the process they should take, or which forms to fill out. However, those programs should not serve as a substitute for actually retaining a lawyer who can help in various legal situations. If an incident needs to go to court or legal paperwork filed on the student’s behalf, the student involved should opt for an independent lawyer who will clearly fight for a favorable outcome.