What We Do

The Office of Legal Counsel provides legal advice to the President, Provost, the administration, faculty and staff on legal matters involving or affecting the institution. We advise the University administration on a broad range of initiatives, issues, and policy matters, and serve as a liaison between the University and its related and affiliated entities on legal and policy issues. We also assist with program implementation and provide legal and policy training for internal University audiences and educational programs for legal audiences and general audiences outside the institution on matters affecting the University and higher education in general.

Principal areas of the Office's practice include the following:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Athletics - Title IX
  • Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination
  • Charitable Giving
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Copyright and Publishing Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment/OSHA/Wage-Hour Laws
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Internal Investigations
  • Personal Injury - Tort Defense
  • Police and Security
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Records Access and Privacy
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Student Affairs and Discipline

The Office of Legal Counsel cannot provide legal services to University employees or students in their personal capacities. For personal and non-University matters see Resources.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Legal Counsel is to serve the University as a strategic and collaborative partner and legal advisor; to prevent legal problems and mitigate risk; and to educate as to the laws, policies and procedures applicable to University operations in order to facilitate the University's fulfillment of its goal of recognition as one of America's great metropolitan research universities.