Office of the General Counsel


The Office of the General Counsel was established in May 2004. It has the responsibility to manage the University of Alberta's legal affairs.

The office has various roles:

  • To identify and recommend procedures and practices to protect the university from undue liability, and to assist with risk assessment and control

  • To provide strategic legal advice as well as a full range of legal services directly to the university, its senior administration and the Board of Governors

  • To provide legal advice and services directly to faculties and administrative units when requested by deans or administrative heads of units

  • To retain, instruct and oversee external legal counsel on behalf of the university

  • To manage the costs of legal services in an effective and cost-efficient manner to maximize the value of the university’s expenditures and to minimize the university’s exposure to risk

  • To provide seminars and other educational initiatives on legal issues affecting the university

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I deliver documents for service to the university?

Legal process should be delivered to:

Office of General Counsel
3-03 South Academic Building (SAB)
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2G7


Board of Governors
3-04 South Academic Building (SAB)
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2G7

How do I have contracts or other legal documents signed on behalf of the university?

Please see the University of Alberta Policies and Procedures Online (UAPPOL) policy on Contract Review and Signing Authority.

I have a legal question about technology commercialization. Who do I contact?

The Office of the General Counsel does not administer legal matters arising from the commercialization of technology done through TEC Edmonton. Please refer to the TEC Edmonton website if you have legal questions related to such matters.