The Office of the General Counsel represents the University of Vermont.  We provide advice and counsel to the University’s Board of Trustees, the president and other officers, and other persons responsible for the management of academic and administrative units.  The Office does not provide advice to individual members of the University community on personal matters.

The Office of the General Counsel is exclusively responsible for engaging the services of outside law firms for specialized legal needs, and for managing and overseeing the work of outside counsel.

Description of Services

The Office of the General Counsel provides a wide array of legal services, including the following examples:

  • Represents the University in commercial transactions, litigation, and agency proceedings;
  • Advises the University and University officials regarding management of legal risks associated with personnel, student, commercial, and other matters;
  • Provides counsel regarding the legal implications of policy and other administrative decisions;
  • Drafts and reviews contracts and other legal documents;
  • Assists with the formulation of policies and operating procedures;
  • Offers and participates in educational programs regarding laws and legal issues affecting higher education;
  • Monitors and communicates proactively with clients regarding legal developments relevant to University operations and campus life.


All materials provided on this website, including the contents of linked pages, are provided for general informational purposes only. While we seek to provide links to current and authoritative information, neither UVM nor this office guarantees the accuracy of information accessible online; therefore, this information must not be relied upon as substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney. Please contact a UVM Office of the General Counsel attorney to obtain current legal advice specifically responsive to your questions.