Resources for Students

BU LAW CLINICS:

MIT and Boston University School of Law have collaborated to establish two free clinics to provide student innovators and entrepreneurs legal guidance by connecting them with student advocates from BU Law. All students currently enrolled in any school or department at MIT are eligible for free legal advice through these clinics.

MIT students can contact the clincs by emailing innovation@mit.edu. The clinics also hold open office hours on Fridays at locations around the MIT campus. For additional information, visit the clinic website at: https://innovation.mit.edu/resource/bu-law-clinic/.

Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic

The Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic was launched in September 2015 to assist students with legal matters related to their entrepreneurial activities, including:

  • Entity selection, formation and capital structuring;
  • Closely held business counseling;
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of contracts and other documents;
  • Intellectual property counseling, auditing and strategic planning;
  • Trademark searches and registrations;
  • Copyright fair use opinions, clearances and registrations; and
  • Representation in angel, venture and commercial financing.

Learn more about the Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic by visiting their website at: http://sites.bu.edu/elawclinic/

Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic, launched in September 2016, is available to assist students with legal matters related to their innovative academic and extracurricular activities, including:

  • Privacy and data security
  • Computer crimes and torts
  • Use of third-party intellectual property
  • Communications law
  • FOIA, public records, and access to government information
  • Publication of sensitive information
  • Response to cease-and-desist letters and other legal threats

Learn more about the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic by visiting their website at: http://sites.bu.edu/tclc/

 

FOR PERSONAL LEGAL MATTERS:

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

47 Thorndike Street, Suite SB-LL-1
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 661-1010
 

Greater Boston Legal Services

(Main Office)

197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 371-1234
TDD: (617) 371-1228

(Cambridge/Somerville Office)

60 Gore Street, Suite 203
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: (617) 603-2700
TDD: (617) 494-1757

National Consumer Law Center

Boston Headquarters

7 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110-1245
Phone: (617) 542-8010

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association

7 Winthrop Square
Boston, MA 02110-1245
Phone: (617) 423-0648

Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111-1204
Phone: (866) 627-7577
Phone: (617) 654-0400

The Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 742-0625
Phone: (800) 552-7046

 

OTHER RESOURCES FOR POLICIES, INFORMATION AND HELP:

Committee on Discipline

The COD resolves complaints of alleged violations of policies and/or community standards by a student, former student, or student organization in a way that is objective and educational, not legalistic or adversarial.

LBGTQ@MIT

LBGTQ+ Services supports numerous student, employee, and alumni groups as well as other departments and initiatives on campus aiming to foster equity, intersectionality, and the continuum of social justice. From individual student support to organizational development and institutional policy advocacy, LBGTQ+ Services' support, programming, and educational endeavors aim to enhance the experiences of MIT's LBGTQ+ community.

Mind and Hand Book

The official guide to MIT's expectations of all undergraduate and graduate students.

MindHandHeart Initiative

MindHandHeart is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff with fresh insights, new ideas, and diverse perspectives working collaboratively and strategically to strengthen the fabric of our MIT community.

MIT Division of Student Life

The DSL encompasses departments that touch every area of student life and its work affects every student at MIT.

MIT Spiritual Support

Comprised of over 20 chaplains and 40 student groups, The Office of Religious Life reflects the diversity of the Institute’s community. Through regular opportunities for worship, meditation, prayer, and study, the office is a resource for students, faculty, and staff, of all faith traditions and belief systems.

MIT Medical

Urgent Care: (617) 253-4481.

MIT Mental Health

Urgent Mental Health Concerns: (617) 253-2916 (days) and 617-253-4481 (nights/weekends).

MIT Police

(617) 253-1212 or 100 from any MIT phone.

MIT Student Resources

This is the online portal to support resources for MIT's graduate and undergraduate students.  The site's purpose is to provide a clear path to help, advice and support for students in need, as well as to offer insight into how various programs and services work.

Office of Graduate Education

The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) supports and serves individual graduate students, programs, and schools in order to make graduate education at MIT empowering, exciting, holistic, and transformative.

Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is the department within the Division of Student Life (DSL) responsible for helping students develop and enforce their standards and values.

Office of the Vice Chancellor

The Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVC) works alongside students, faculty, and staff from across the Institute to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student academic experience.

Ombuds Office

The MIT Ombuds Office helps people express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts and learn more productive ways of communicating. The Ombuds Office serves as an independent, confidential, neutral and informal resource to the diverse MIT community—it is a resource for faculty, staff, students and post-docs.

REFS

Departmental REFS (dREFS) are graduate students trained & certified in conflict management (just like iREFS). They serve and support their local graduate community. iREFS are graduate students formally trained & certified in conflict management skills and operate just like departmental REFS (dREFS), but are not restricted to a single department or program.

Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS) is part of the Division of Student Life.  The SDS mission is to ensure equal access for students with disabilities while upholding the integrity of MIT’s programs and services.  They serve all of MIT’s students, both undergraduate and graduate students.

Student Support Services (S3)

The S3 mission is to promote the academic success and holistic experience of students, especially undergraduates. S3 reinforces the core values of MIT by providing support in an accessible and respectful environment. They further provide advice and advocacy for students and act as a hub of resources, referrals, and information across the MIT community. S3 staff are integrated with other resources, including Student Disabilities Services, to provide comprehensive academic and personal support to undergraduates. 

Title IX Office

Any student, faculty, or staff member who has concerns about gender discrimination, including any concerns pertaining to sexual misconduct, is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Coordinators. Coordinators will provide information on resources for assistance and options to address concerns.

Violence Prevention & Response

Violence Prevention and Response is MIT’s primary, on-campus resource for preventing and responding to interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.