Policy 1215: Retention of Outside Legal Counsel

University of Chicago Financial Policy
Subject Area: Procurement/Disbursement
Responsible Office: Financial Services 
Sponsor: Vice President & General Counsel
Originally Issued: February 1995
Revised: N/A 
Refer Questions To: The Office of Legal Counsel

Purpose: To establish policy guidelines which address the retention of outside legal counsel.


Non-University attorneys may not be retained by departments, divisions and schools on University related matters. The decision to seek such representation must be made by the Office of Legal Counsel. The Office of Legal Counsel will negotiate the terms and conditions under which outside counsel represent the University. Moreover, all such attorneys must report and be responsible to the Vice President and General Counsel of the University.