The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is MIT's law office. Our mission is to educate as to the laws, policies and procedures applicable to MIT's activities, to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur, to facilitate transactions, and to provide independent, timely and thoughtful advice and representation to the MIT community.
The OGC handles 17 practice areas, ranging from Conflicts of Interest to Data and Privacy, from Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations to Intellectual Property/Technology Transfer, from International Activities to Student Life. The OGC provides online Information and resources concerning these practice areas.
Because of professional rules of ethics, the OGC cannot provide legal advice to students or other MIT community members in connection with personal legal affairs or questions. For these matters, our Resources for Students page and Resources for Personal Legal Matters page may be helpful.
We provide legal advice, counseling, and service to MIT and represent the Institute in its legal matters.
- Frequently Asked Questions (requires an MIT certificate)
- Resources for Students
- Resources for Personal Legal Matters
Our general contact information is as follows:
Office of the General Counsel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
7-206 and E53-390
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
T (617) 452-2082
F (617) 258-0267
If you don't know which attorney to contact, please get in touch with Erin Johnson Ahern via email, the OGC's Paralegal, or call direct at (617) 715-4081.
Note: All legal process documents (e.g., lawsuits, subpoenas, correspondence from a lawyer) should be delivered to the OGC in 7-206 as soon as you receive them. We will contact you promptly and confer regarding an appropriate response.