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Welcome to Graduate Student Legal Aid!

Attention Undergraduate Students: Please contact Undergraduate Student Legal Aid for assistance.
#Lawyered free legal advice for graduate students

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 additional 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.

Grad Legal Aid offers consultation services via phone, email, or Zoom, and notary services must take place in our office.  Our office hours are listed at the bottom of the page, and we are committed to promptly responding 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.

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Services

  • 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 during the fall and spring semesters. 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, Coordinator of Services and Programs, 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.

Eligibility

  • You are allowed to use our free services if you are a full-time graduate student who are currently registered at the University of Maryland College Park. We are required to confirm your student status before you use our services so please have your student ID available whenever you call or come in to see us.
  • Unfortunately, our services are not available to UMD alumni, staff (including post-docs), faculty, or other members of the campus community. This includes graduate students at Shady Grove, UMUC, or other campuses who do not pay graduate student activity fees to the University of Maryland College park.

Policies


Conflicts of Interest

Our office cannot provide assistance where there is a conflict or potential conflict of interest between two or more graduate students.  If your case involves a complaint against another graduate student, please contact us to determine whether a conflict of interest exists (as the term is defined by the rules of professional conduct that apply to attorneys and other legal staff).  When possible, we will provide referrals to other on-campus, community, or external resources.

In certain cases, our attorney can also act as a mediator between individuals who are involved in a dispute. For example, if you and your roommate who is also a UMD graduate student want to resolve a dispute, we may be able to facilitate s discussion if all parties provide written consent. Please contact us for more information. 

Finally, Grad Legal Aid does not assist or represent students in cases against the University. 

Staff

  • William Zachariah Mundy, Esq., Director & Attorney 
  • Debbie Mikutsky, Coordinator of Services & Programs
  • Jocelyn Evens, Graduate Student Advocate, Doctoral Student
  • Simone Durham, Graduate Student Advocate, Doctoral Student

Location & Parking

Graduate Student Legal Aid is located on the third floor of the South Campus Dining Hall, Room #3125, not in STAMP Student Union.  Here is a link to the UMD Interactive Map. For walking directions to our office use the "Route" option on ​​UMD's TerpNav Pedestrian Map.

Enter the building on the side of the building that faces the neighboring building, LeFrak Hall. Use the single glass door to the far right of the double glass doors and follow the signs to Legal Aid.  

There is paid visitor parking available on Preinkert Drive, in the parking lot behind the South Campus Dining Hall (near the loading docks), and in Mowatt Lane Garage. For information see the visitor parking map or the Transportation Services website.

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Email

glao@umd.edu 

Telephone

(301) 405-5807 

Office Hours

Mondays: 11am-5pm

Tuesdays: 9am-3pm

Wednesdays: 9am-5pm

Thursdays: 9am-3pm

Fridays: Closed

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