Student Legal Services


Student Legal Services

The general legal information found here is no substitute, however, for personal legal advice, so feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment during our office hours (M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm). To see more resources provided by Student Legal Services, click here. The ASNMSU Student Legal Services Attorney, Karl Rysted, will spend up to an hour with you at no charge because you’re already paid for his services through your student fees, assuming you’re a student here on the Las Cruces NMSU campus.

The ASNMSU Student Legal Services Attorney cannot provide advice in matters where your problem is with NMSU, ASNMSU or any official or representative thereof because under the New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, a lawyer employed by an organization represents the organization.  He may provide general guidance to individual students relating to NMSU or ASNMSU policies and/or procedures.  At the same time, he cares about you as a student and wants you to get the help you need if your problem is with NMSU.  In that case, please contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Michael Jasek, at (575) 646-1722.

The ASNMSU Student Legal Services Attorney provides consultation, advice, referral and other services regarding most but not all matters, including but not limited to: potential or pending legal actions (unless you already have an attorney), negotiations on behalf of a student, review or drafting of court papers and other legal instruments. Mr. Rysted does not provide representation in court at this time.  He constantly receives updated training; for example, he recently attended a 3-hour training on campus and made a commitment to be a DREAMzone ally.  He’s committed to working toward providing a safe, confidential support network for members of the undocumented community.

Intake form

We need to know the reason for your appointment before you come in, so please click here to download our intake form.  Print and complete it, then either bring it by when you’re in Corbett or take a picture of it and email to us.

Contact Information

To schedule an appointment please contact our office at (575) 646-4419 or email us at

“We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.”   – Sonia Sotomayor