Areas of Law

University counsel provide assistance in nearly all fields of law encountered in the academic and business life of the University. These include:

  • Administrative law (e.g., U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Maryland Commission on Civil Rights complaints)

  • Civil rights and equal employment opportunity law (e.g., prohibitions against discrimination in academic programs and services, financial aid and employment, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act)

  • Constitutional law (e.g., First Amendment, due process and equal protection, search and seizure, church and state, and the Eleventh Amendment)

  • Construction (e.g., architect, manager and builder performance claims)

  • Contracts and procurement

  • Corporations, partnerships and business entities (e.g., public-private joint research ventures)

  • Distance learning

  • Disability law and services

  • Employment law (e.g., worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, Fair Labor Standards Act, Wage and Hour laws, Family Medical Leave Act, fitness-for duty evaluations and disability accommodations)

  • Environmental law (e.g., occupational health and safety, Superfund cleanup liability and asbestos abatement) Estates, endowments, and charitable trusts (e.g., revision of restricted donations and cy pres)

  • Export control matters

  • Health law (e.g., Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), child abuse and neglect reporting, privacy of health and mental health records)

  • Information technology issues (e.g., cloud computing)

  • Intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trademark, patent law and technology transfer)

  • Intercollegiate athletics and sports law (e.g., NCAA Bylaw compliance and enforcement, certification, Title IX review and coaching contracts)

  • International agreements

  • Labor law (e.g., collective bargaining, State Higher Education Labor Relations Act)

  • Public ethics and conflicts of interest

  • Public Information Act and Public Meetings law

  • Real estate (e.g., acquisition, disposition, leasing, and zoning)

  • Sponsored research (e.g., contracts and grants, audits, human subject protocols, and scientific misconduct)

  • Taxation (e.g., unrelated business income)

  • Torts and risk management (e.g., negligence and intentional injuries, defamation)

  • Contact Us

    Office of General Counsel

    4716 Pontiac Street
    Room 2117 Seneca Bldg
    College Park, MD 20742

    Direction & Parking

    Main Number: 301-405-4945
    Fax: 301-314-9395
    Conference Room: 301-405-4948

    Legal Staff

Website Disclaimer

This website is provided as a resource for learning basic legal competencies on a variety of topics that affect the university.

Disclaimer Notice: These materials are presented here for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice on a particular matter. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific facts and circumstances relating to an issue. For legal advice on a particular university matter within your official responsibilities, please consult with a member of the Office of General Counsel.