We are here to help!
You are one of the nearly 11,000 students enrolled in the University of Maryland's 230 graduate programs with a goal in mind. Whether you are conducting groundbreaking research, advancing your career, or satisfying your intellectual curiosity, we are here to help you focus on your goals and not be sidetracked when life gets in the way.
Graduate Student Legal Aid is here to prevent and resolve your legal problems and to reduce the associated stress. Our mission is to advise you of your legal rights in a culturally competent, compassionate, confidential, and supportive setting to make it easier for you to do what you are here to do, focus on your academic pursuits.
Our supportive services are offered at no charge to graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time. Graduate Student Government annually allocates a portion of the graduate student fee to fund our office and help graduate students address their legal concerns.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grad Legal Aid offers services via phone, email or Zoom, until further notice. Notary services are offered in person. Our office hours are listed at the bottom of the page, and while we may be unable to answer the phone, we respond to voicemails and emails during our office hours. Just let us know how we can help you!
Do you have a few minutes? Watch our orientation video to meet our staff and learn more about how we can help you.
- Legal Aid: Our attorney, William "Zac" Mundy, provides private and confidential consultations on a wide variety of legal issues including housing issues, contract review, traffic tickets, and more. He is licensed to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Click here for more details.
- Immigration Legal Aid: We offer confidential consultations for immigration-related issues one day each month. Our office contracts with a local and well-respected attorney who specializes in immigration law. Click here for more details.
- University Charges: Students facing charges from the university are encouraged to seek assistance from our Advocates, Martin Rakoff and Ethan Foley. They help their fellow grad students navigate the process of being charged by the Office of Student Conduct by providing information, answering questions, and, if necessary, representing students at hearings. Click here for more details.
- The GRadulting Workshop Series: These workshops address a variety of topics relevant to UMD graduate students. Experts from both on- and off-campus present information and answer questions. Workshops are scheduled throughout the spring and fall semesters on Tuesday afternoons, usually via Zoom. For those who are unable to attend in person, the materials and recordings are posted on the website. Click here for more details.
- Notary Services: Debbie Mikutsky is a notary public, appointed by the Secretary of State to be an impartial witness to the signing of important documents. Click here for more details.