The Office of the General Counsel ("OGC") at the The New School offers advice, guidance, and services in support of the university's goals. The OGC offers legal representation, drafts and reviews contracts, and manages litigation matters and legal risk to all parts of the university. The OGC provides legal counsel in decision-making to the president, executive vice president and COO, provost, vice presidents, deans and directors. We are also responsible for reviewing and coordinating compliance with complex government regulations covering students and employees, and all general regulations involving educational institutions or private universities.

The Office is headed by the General Counsel and Vice President for Legal Affairs, who manages the legal department of the university and serves as the chief legal advisor to the trustees, president of the university, and senior management team. Each university attorney is committed to providing legal support to The New School community, and is capable of handling a wide variety of legal issues, but specializes in a particular area. All attorneys within the OGC act on behalf of senior staff and managers in administrative hearings while monitoring and analyzing the complexities of current, proposed, or pending laws, regulations, and other developments that affect New School constituencies.

Principal areas of the Office's practice include the following:
Academic Affairs Intellectual Property
Academic Affiliations Labor and Employment
Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination Litigation - Internal Investigations
Charitable Giving Personal Injury - Tort Defense
Commercial Transactions
Real Estate and Land Use
Construction Records Access and Privacy
Copyright and Publishing Law Regulatory Compliance
Corporate Governance Sponsored Research
Disability and Handicap Law Student Affairs and Discipline
Employee Benefits Taxation
Environmental Law Technology Transfer
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