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Practical Law for university general counsels

Stay up-to-date and reduce errors

As counsel for a college or university, you've got to provide timely, competent legal advice to your university clients and be responsible to other stakeholders; and for public colleges and universities, you’ve got the added pressure of advising an institution that receives taxpayer dollars – so public scrutiny is even higher.

  • Unlike your peers in private practice, you can never say “no” to the legal issues that cross your desk.
  • There's constant budget uncertainty - changes in enrollment or state aid means the ability to hire new lawyer or obtain additional resources for the office can be unpredictable.
  • Outside counsel spending can be an issue – even if there are funds to cover it, there’s often pressure to control or reduce these expenses.

Ensure accuracy and speed with Practical Law resources

As a University General Counsel, having the tools to help you get up to speed quickly, be able to tackle anything that crosses your desk, and know that you have that kind of support even when budgets are tight or frozen is a must-have. Practical Law can help.

Practice Notes

Use these fundamental resources to brush up on unfamiliar areas of law or transactions, and set yourself up for success.

Contracts and agreements

Get coverage across practice areas and beyond, along with insight from specialized experts.


Make sure you are addressing all the issues with Practical Law checklists.


Get a critical starting point and cut down the time you spend searching for relevant documents.

State Q&A

Find answers to state law questions and compare law across multiple jurisdictions.

What's Market

Access a database of summaries for publicly filed deals that allows you to analyze and compare terms or features.

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