Resources for Students


MIT and Boston University School of Law have established two clinics to offer free legal guidance to student innovators and entrepreneurs. Through this unique collaboration, student innovators are connected with future lawyers from BU Law to address legal issues associated with their efforts to turn ideas into businesses and to pursue innovative projects. All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any school or academic department at MIT are eligible for free legal advice through the two clinics, the BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic and the BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic.

BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic

The BU/MIT Startup Law 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
  • Representation in angel, venture and commercial financing

Learn more about the BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic by visiting their website at:

BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic

The BU/MIT Technology Law 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 BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic by visiting their website at:



De Novo Center for Justice and Healing

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: (800) 323-3205
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, 2nd floor
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: (800) 552-7046
Phone: (617) 742-0625



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Committee on Discipline

The Committee on Discipline (COD) is responsible for resolving complaints against students and student organizations and to decide the appropriate Institute response.

Doing Well

Resources focusing on a persons wellbeing by supporting mind and body.

Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR)

Any student, faculty, or staff member who has concerns about discrimination or discriminatory harassment, including any concerns pertaining to sexual misconduct, is encouraged to seek the assistance of IDHR office staff. IDHR can provide information on supportive measures, informal/alternative dispute resolution processes, and the formal complaint process. This centralization is part of an Institute-wide effort to streamline informal and formal complaint processes to ensure that a dedicated and well-trained team is available to address incidents and establish centrally-tracked incident reports at MIT.

You may want to connect with IDHR because:

  • You want to know more about your resolution options and resources
  • You want MIT to know something is happening that is making you uncomfortable/unsafe
  • You want access to supportive measures
  • You want access to informal/alternative dispute resolution processes
  • You would like to file a formal complaint


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 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 Division of Student Life (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, ORSEL 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) 253-1311.

MIT Mental Health

Urgent Mental Health Concerns: (617) 253-2916.

MIT Police

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

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 and Community Standards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) is the beginning point of all conduct and academic integrity complaints against students and is an impartial resource for all parties in the complaint resolution process.

Office of the Chancellor

The Chancellor is responsible for advising MIT's President on undergraduate and graduate education and residential life policies and plays a leading role in strategic planning, faculty appointments, resource development, and campus planning activities.

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 Ombuds Office is a confidential and independent resource for all members of the MIT community, including students, faculty, employees, alumni, and employees of Lincoln Lab, to constructively manage concerns and conflicts related to your experience at MIT.


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 Disability Services, to provide comprehensive academic and personal support to undergraduates. 

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.