Office of General Counsel

Clemson University Office of General Counsel


Clemson University is currently closed as ordered by the South Carolina Governor as part of the effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19. Our office will be working remotely during this time to carry out essential functions only, and we will not have regular access to hard copy mail. If you need to contact us regarding an urgent matter, please send us an email or a voice message and we will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we modify our working environment during this health crisis.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees, the president, the administration, faculty and staff on legal matters involving or affecting Clemson University. This office provides assistance to University vice presidents in the formulation of administrative policies, as well as legal advice to all deans, directors and department heads as needed.

The office engages in risk and opportunity management and preventive counseling, including the identification of high risk activities and enterprises conducted by the University and the articulation of methodologies or strategies for coping with the risks. The office is responsible for selecting and supervising any outside counsel engaged by the institution.

It is always helpful to mark communications to the OGC as "Attorney-Client Privileged/Confidential" as a reminder to anyone who might have access to such communications. Also, while Clemson strives to provide the best possible security for electronic messages to and from our office, the contents of e-mail should be considered as any other form of written communication and care should be exercised in deciding what to include and how it is phrased.


In order to track and efficiently handle your matter, the Office of General Counsel requests that new projects or contracts requiring attorney review or assistance be submitted by completing the Intake Form (opens with Firefox browser, Clemson ID required). If you have a question about this form or if this is urgent, please call 864-656-3414.

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