Legal Aid

Graduate Student Legal Aid (GLAO)


Graduate Student Legal Aid (GLAO) provides free legal information, consultations, referrals, and brief assistance to UMD-College Park graduate students on a wide range of both off-campus and university matters. The office is staffed Mondays: 11am-5pm, Tuesdays: 9am-11am & 2pm-5pm, Wednesdays: 9am-3pm, and Thursdays: 9am-3pm. The computers and legal information in the resource room are open for self-guided research.  If you are in need of an individual consultation with an attorney, please make an appointment or stop by during Wednesday's walk-in times at 11:00am and 11:30am.

Find out more at umddepartments.orgsync.com/org/gradlegalaid

Lunch & Learn

GLAO's Lunch & Learn Workshops provide free food and legal advice from a wide array of topics such as how to obtain a Maryland driver's license, how to build your wealth, and what to do in a police encounter. Check out the full list of workshops at umddepartments.orgsync.com/org/gradlegalaid/Events

Immigration Appointments

Due to the high demand for this service, graduate students are permitted one appointment with GLAO’s immigration attorney per academic year. As such, please ensure that you come prepared with all of the information, questions, and documents that are relevant to your case. This will ensure that you are able to take full advantage of your appointment. Students requiring additional immigration legal advice following their appointment can reach out to GLAO for a referral to a local attorney or organization.

It is GLAO's policy to advise F-1 and J-1 visa holders who are sponsored by the University of Maryland to meet with UMD’s International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) prior to meeting with the immigration attorney.  It is critical that students meet with ISSS regarding the subject of their case/concern in order to determine the potential impacts on their student visa status.  ISSS is the University’s representative and is in the best position to provide students with information to protect their current visa status as a student at the University.  To schedule a meeting with ISSS please visit their website at globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services

DISCLAIMER: The immigration attorney is not an employee of the University of Maryland and provides a service for legal advice and counsel only. Said information and services are limited to the meeting. Every effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of the information given and to clearly explain your options; however, please understand that an appointment does not constitute legal representation.

Learn more about immigration services or request an appointment at umddepartments.orgsync.com/org/gradlegalaid/Immigration