• Bascom Hall
  • Bucky at Rosebowl
  • bascom with tulips
  • Bascom during Spring


Welcome to the Office of Legal Affairs. OLA supports the University’s mission by providing professional, timely and knowledgeable legal advice and representation on the wide range of complex and highly-specialized legal issues affecting institutions of higher education. Through outreach and training activities and regular interaction with University administrators, faculty and staff, we strive to increase awareness of legal issues on campus in an effort to prevent problems and help clients sharpen their own objectives and strategies. We look forward to working with you.


The overall mission of the Office of Legal Affairs is to provide high quality legal advice, guidance, and representation to advance and protect the University’s mission and vision.


OLA is organized into five teams:

  1. Business Services & Transactions
  2. Employment Law
  3. Health Law 
  4. Research & Intellectual Property
  5. Student & Academic Affairs

Click on the team above for more information about the legal and professional expertise of these teams.  

The material contained on this site is provided for informational purposes for the administration, faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Nothing contained in this site and its related links may be construed as legal advice from the Office of Legal Affairs. University administrators, faculty and staff should consult Legal Affairs directly on specific legal issues.

Copyright and Permission to Use
Users of this website may copy, distribute, and display the materials on this page for any educational, non-commercial purpose without seeking permission as long as appropriate attribution is given to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. To the extent we have linked to materials of others, this license to use may not apply — separate permission may be needed from the author of the work.