Office of Legal Affairs

Attorney Client Privilege

Communications with lawyers in the Office of Legal Affairs are protected by the attorney-client privilege, if the communications are made for the purpose of seeking legal advice on behalf of the University.  Such communications may be revealed only to other University officials, on a need-to-know basis.  Communications with lawyers on personal legal matters (including matters against the University) or on non-legal matters are not privileged or confidential.  We may be affirmatively obligated to disclose any such communications to other University officials if the communications implicate the University's legal interests.  If you are not sure whether your matter is University-related or personal, please check with us before sending us any communications that you wish to remain confidential.  See also policy on Use of Legal Counsel.

Although e-mail communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege to the same extent as communications made by other means, e-mail is not completely secure.  We therefore encourage you to exercise appropriate discretion in using e-mail to communicate about sensitive matters.




Last Updated: 6/27/22