About Us

OLA Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) is to further the aims of Southern Methodist University by providing high quality legal service in a timely and professional manner. OLA provides legal advice on a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, employee relations and other human resource matters, real estate and commercial transactions, legislative and regulatory compliance, intellectual property, litigation, tax, policy development and preventive law matters. SMU as an institution is our client. We represent the University’s interests by advising the Board of Trustees, University officers, administrators and staff acting as officers, agents or employees of SMU. OLA does not provide legal advice on personal legal matters. For personal legal advice, employees and students should consult a private attorney.


Some of the legal material found at this site has been abridged from laws, regulations, court decisions, administrative rulings, SMU policies and other sources. Further details may be necessary for complete analysis and understanding in particular matters. The information contained at this site, and related links, is not a substitute for professional legal counsel. Any discrepancy between the information at this site and SMU policy is not intended to alter or amend official SMU policy or procedure. Links to non-SMU information are provided as a courtesy. They are not intended to nor do they constitute an endorsement of the linked materials by Southern Methodist University or the Office of Legal Affairs. SMU employees and students should consult a private attorney for personal legal advice.

Office of Legal Affairs

Phone: 214-768-3233
Fax: 214-768-1281
Email: ola@smu.edu

Perkins Administration Building Suite 130


Information on this website is provided by the SMU Office of Legal Affairs for the benefit of the faculty, staff, and students of the SMU community. It is not intended as legal advice or as an opinion on specific circumstances. The attorneys of the SMU Office of Legal Affairs are available to assist you in working through any of these topics, as well as a variety of other university-related matters.