Office of University Counsel

Welcome to the Office of University Counsel at the University of Toronto.

We are the University’s legal team. As a central resource for the University’s three campuses, we are responsible for the provision of legal services necessary to support the University’s activities.

About Us

Following the appointment of the inaugural University Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, the Office of University Counsel (“OUC”) was established to align legal services across the University within a single office. OUC’s mandate is to ensure that legal services are accessible, timely, and coordinated to meet the complex legal needs of the University.

Announcements & Updates

Alumni Profile : Julie McAlpine-Jeffries

Associate University Counsel Julie McAlpine-Jeffries (LL.M) was profiled in the Faculty of Law’s Nexus Magazine.

Award Recipient : People Services Team (December 2023)

People Services’ Labour & Employment Team was recognized with an Award of Distinction for Distinguished Contribution HR Team of the Year by Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture.

Kristin Taylor outside

Alumni Spotlight : Kristin Taylor

Disputes Partner Wendy Whelan of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP interviews University Counsel Kristin Taylor on the finer points of in-house leadership.

Award Recipient : Andrew Ebejer (November 2022)

Legal Counsel Andrew Ebejer was recognized with an Arbor Award for ongoing contributions as a mentor in New College.

Award Recipient : Christine Kellowan (August 2022)

University Planning, Design & Construction’s Legal Counsel Christine Kellowan was recognized with an Impact Award at a ceremony in August.

Kristin Taylor outside

Article : Canadian Lawyer Magazine (March 2022)

Kristin Taylor establishes inaugural ‘Office of University Counsel’ at the University of Toronto

Announcement : Office of University Counsel (January 2022)

Chief Legal Officer announces creation of new legal office within the Office of the President.

Our Services

OUC provides a wide array of in-house legal services to members of the University of Toronto community.
Learn more about what we do and how we can help.