The GLAO provides free legal information, consultations and referrals to currently registered UMD-College Park graduate students on a wide range of both off-campus and university matters.

Examples of Legal Issues & Services

  • Auto Accidents & Traffic Tickets
  • Consumer & Credit Disputes
  • Family Law / Divorce / Simple Separations / Name Changes
  • Health Insurance / Health Care Issues
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes (We will assist students who are tenants; however, we are unable to assist students who are landlords since income producing activities are an excluded service, as noted below.) 
  • Lease_Review - Review and understand the terms of your lease BEFORE signing
  • Power of Attorney / Advance Medical Directives
  • Simple Contracts / Small Claims Matters
  • Victim Assistance
  • University Academic Integrity and Disciplinary Cases
  • Immigration Consultations (appointments are offered one day/month, see Immigration page for more information)
  • Wills & Trusts (General information only - we cannot draft)
  • Attorney Speaker For Student Groups
  • Free Legal Workshops (see Events)
  • Notary Services - An appointment is not required for this service.  Please call us ahead of time at 301-405-5807, to ensure that a notary will be available to assist you.  


Excluded Services

We do not handle specialized areas of law, however, we can help you evaluate your situation and refer you to appropriate outside resources.  We are also not able to handle cases which would constitute a conflict of interest. Examples of excluded services include:

  • Student vs. Student
  • Campus Grievance Procedures - visit the Ombuds Office for assistance
  • Claims against the University of Maryland
  • Credit Counseling & Bankruptcy
  • Courtroom Representation
  • Felony Criminal Charges
  • Income-Producing Activities - this includes graduate students who are landlords
  • Intellectual Property - visit the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center
  • Real Estate Transactions 
  • Tax or Income Tax issues - click here for Tax_Referrals
  • Emergency Legal Services
  • Cases outside the state of Maryland - The GLAO attorney is barred in the State of Maryland.  For out-of-state cases, general information will be provided.

We do not represent students against the university and we cannot advise one student directly against another student in a civil law matter. We cannot represent students in court. We cannot evaluate the merits of purely academic issues and cannot intervene with professors, advisors, or departments on academic matters. Please review our policies for more information.



  • Director - position is currently vacant
  • Debbie Mikutsky, Coordinator of Programs & Services

Debbie has spent her career serving others and lives by the belief that, "We rise by lifting others."  With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State, she loves working at UMD and being part of the university environment.  In the midst of coordinating consultations and the workshop series, Debbie's job gives her the opportunity to ensure that the office is being responsive to students' changing needs.  With a love of organization and a desire for excellence, she is pleased to contribute her energy and skills to supporting graduate students.  

  • Charlie Bentley, Graduate Student Advocate, Masters Candidate in Higher Education 2019
  • Tara Johnston, Graduate Student Advocate, PhD Candidate


Mondays: 11am-5pm

Tuesdays: 9am-11am & 2pm-5pm

Wednesdays: 9am-3pm

Thursdays: 9am-3pm

Fridays: Office Closed

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