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Office of legal affairs

Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the University of California Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Legal Affairs assists the UCSF community to accomplish its goals in a manner consistent with both law and University policy. As an integral part of the campus community, the Office supports and facilitates the campus' educational, patient care, research and community service activities by providing legal services in a proactive and responsive manner.




We are clear regarding the scope of legal services we provide and deliver proactive assistance and responsive advice in a timely manner. We are valued and respected advisors in providing legal advice, consultation, and assistance. We do so in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards applicable to the legal profession.


Values that have been identified by the Office of Legal Affairs as crucial in supporting our mission are:

    • Clarity of Role Discretion
      Ethics Excellence
      Integrity Personalism
      Professionalism Timeliness

Harassment-Free Work Place:

As part of the University's commitment to providing a harassment-free working and learning environment, this policy shall be disseminated widely to the University community through publications, websites, new employee orientations, student orientations, and other appropriate channels of communication.

The locations shall make educational materials available to all members of the University community to promote compliance with this policy and familiarity with local reporting procedures. In addition, the locations shall designate University employees responsible for reporting sexual harassment and provide training to those designated employees. Generally, such persons include supervisors, managers, academic administrators, deans, department chairs, student advisors, graduate advisors, residence hall staff, coaches, law enforcement officers, student judicial affairs staff, and health center staff.

Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services to the University, including representation, advice, research, training and opinions to the Board of Regents, administration, faculty and staff, and others acting on the University's behalf. The General Counsel reports jointly to the Board of Regents and the President.


The information found on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. Transmission and receipt of information contained on this website does not establish an attorney-client relationship. The Office of Legal Affairs provides legal guidance to University employees in their official University capacity only. If you are a University employee, you are urged to consult with the Office of Legal Affairs attorneys regarding any specific legal questions or any specific factual situation involving a UCSF legal matter.