The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for all aspects of the legal representation of Northeastern University and strives to be proactive in meeting the University’s legal needs. The Office centralizes and coordinates all legal services at the University, provides legal advice, guidance, and services to all senior University officials and their departments, and promotes a forum in which legal issues can be addressed and resolved, if possible, in a fair, speedy and thoughtful manner. The Office participates in the creation and implementation of University policies on a wide range of matters that may have legal components to ensure consistent legal analysis and coordination of substantive decision-making.

Legal News

Legal News

U.S. panel backs current research rules

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has issued a report concerning federally sponsored research involving human volunteers, concluding that current rules and regulations provide adequate safeguards to mitigate risk.

Federal Government releases guidance on diversity

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice have issued guidance to explain how, consistent with existing law, postsecondary institutions can voluntarily consider race to further the compelling interest of achieving diversity.


Ralph Martin

Welcome to the website of the General Counsel (“OGC”) at Northeastern University. 
The OGC has responsibility for all legal matters affecting the University.  Our goal is to provide the best legal advice and counsel, tempered by experience and judgment, to our colleagues and business partners who are responsible for making decisions on behalf of the University. The purpose of this website is to familiarize members of the Northeastern community to the OGC and the services we offer.