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BEFORE signing a lease, thoroughly read the document, understand the terms, and be comfortable with the outlined issues, duties, and responsibilities.

Grad Legal Aid's Lease Review Tool is designed to help you read and understand your lease. It covers the key elements of a basic residential lease and highlights a variety of elements and clauses that could prove problematic. We encourage you to download it and use it to review your lease before you sign it.  If you have any questions about the terms of your lease and negotiating any changes to it, please schedule an appointment with GLAO's attorney before you sign the lease. If you are a graduate student who is not currently on campus or an incoming student in your home country, please email your specific questions along with a copy of your lease to We will make every effort to reply as quickly as possible.



Know Your Right to Protest, Know the Law

Grad Legal Aid can help students navigate the law and UMD policy. If you are a student planning a protest or planning to attend a protest, former UMD protest organizers have recommended you collaborate directly with the Office of Student Conduct when planning your events to ensure that your plans are in compliance with UMD policy. 

Here are some resources which may be helpful: 

UMD Student Resources

Emergency Resources

Police Emergencies

  • 911
  • Campus Police: 301-405-3555
  • Prince George's County Police: 301-699-2630


  • PG County Public Defender: 301-952-2100
  • Montgomery County Public Defender: 301-563-8900 or 301-563-8701
  • Federal Public Defender: 301-344-0600
  • PG County Lawyer Referral: 301-952-1440
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Referral: 202-783-7853

Domestic Violence

  • CARE to Stop Violence Crisis Phone Line: 301-741-3442 (UMD)
  • Prince George's County Court Commissioner, 301-699-2650 (Hyattsville)
  • Family Crisis 24-Hour Hotline, 301-731-1203 (Prince George's County)
  • Pro Se Domestic Assistance, 301-780-8000
  • State Department of Family Administration, 410-260-1580
  • Prince George's County Lawyer Referral, 301-952-1440
  • Maryland Courts - Domestic Violence
  • Maryland State Bar Association - Domestic Violence Information
  • Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County (24 hour hotline): 301-731-1203 or 866-382-7474

Emergency Medical Care-Insurance Denials

  • Maryland Insurance Administration, 800-492-6116

Landlord-Tenant Emergencies

  • Utility Emergencies: Contact the gas, water, or electric company directly in an emergency involving utilities
  • All Housing Emergencies: Contact your local housing code enforcement agency (listed below)

Mental Health Emergencies

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • During regular business hours, students experiencing an urgent crisis can request to be seen for an emergency visit at the Counseling Center. Emergency visits are unscheduled same-day appointments in which Counseling Service staff evaluate the student’s current functioning and nature of concerns and help the student problem-solve and determine next steps. To request an emergency visit, please stop by the Counseling Center reception desk on the main level of the Shoemaker Building.
  • UMD Counseling Center After-Hours Crisis Support: (301) 314-7651

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Maryland Courts

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Landlord-Tenant Information

Landlord Tenant - Housing Inspection / Code Enforcement

Maryland Traffic Law

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Maryland Business Law

Maryland Consumer Law

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Divorce/Separation/Domestic Violence Law

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