Contact Us

The Office of General Counsel provides legal assistance to University clients. If you are a University client and need legal assistance, please call 301-405-4945 or send an email to poterala@umd.edu.

The Office of General Counsel is conveniently located in the Seneca Building, on the east side of Baltimore Blvd., one-quarter mile north of the University's Campus Drive entrance.

  • Contact Information


    Office of General Counsel

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


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



Driving Directions

From Baltimore and points north, via I-95 South

  1. Take I-95 South to the Capital Beltway East (I-495).
  2. Take exit 27 and then follow signs to Exit 25, "U.S. 1 South, College Park".
  3. Proceed approx. 1.5 miles on U.S. Route 1 South.
  4. Make a left onto Pontiac Street, just beyond the Burger King & Kangnam BBQ.
  5. Turn left into parking area.

From Virginia and points south, via Virginia side of Capital Beltway (I-495):

  1. Take I-66 East or I-270 South to Capital Beltway (I-495).
  2. Go east on I-495 toward "Baltimore".
  3. Take Exit 25, "U.S. 1 South, College Park".
  4. Proceed approx. 1.5 miles on U.S. Route 1 South.
  5. Make a left onto Pontiac Street, just beyond the Burger King & Kangnam BBQ.
  6. Turn left into parking area.

From Bowie, Annapolis and points east, via U.S 50 West

  1. Take U.S. 50 West to the Capital Beltway (I-495).
  2. Go North on I-95/I-495 toward Baltimore.
  3. Take Exit 23 "201 Kenilworth Avenue Bladensburg Greenbelt".
  4. Proceed South on 201 in the direction of "Greenbelt Road and Bladensburg".
  5. At third light, turn right onto Campus Drive.
  6. Proceed approx. two miles to U.S. Route 1.
  7. Turn right onto U.S. Route 1.
  8. Proceed approx. 0.5 miles; turn right onto Pontiac Street, just beyond the CVS and Cambria Inn and Suites.
  9. Turn left into parking area.

Parking Instructions

UMD Employees
The parking lots at the Seneca Building (K7 and 4a) are overflow lots. Your campus parking permit grants you privileges to park at our building.

UMD Students
Lot 4a: the row of spaces located on the southern end of the parking area is an overflow lot for students.

General Public
The Seneca Building has six (6) metered parking spaces available in the northwest corner of the parking lot. The rates are in effect 7:00am to Midnight DAILY. The cost is $3 per hour. Payment is only accepted in the form of credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover). No cash or coins, please.

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.