This document provides a summary of the law in this area and answers questions frequently asked of attorneys in the Office of University Counsel. However, the information presented here is intended for informational purposes only and nothing in this document should be construed or relied upon as legal advice. You should refer to official University policy or consult with the Office of University Counsel regarding the specific facts and circumstances associated with any legal matter.
The attorney-client privilege preserves the
confidentiality of communications between lawyers and their clients. The
privilege protects individuals and institutions. Such communications are
privileged whether they are oral, written or electronic.
memorandum from one administrator to another concerning a legal matter
typically is not privileged. For the privilege to exist, the
communication must be to, from, or with an attorney. In addition, the
communication must be for the purpose of requesting or receiving legal
advice. The following example illustrates this point.
must be kept confidential for the privilege to apply. If the substance
of attorney-client communications is disclosed to persons outside the
University – or even to persons within the University who are not
directly involved in the matter – the privilege may be destroyed.
here for more information on the attorney-client privilege and
work product protection for colleges and universities.
University Office of University Counsel
300 Sullivan Hall, 1330 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6086
Phone: 215-204-6542, Fax: 215-204-5804
For web related questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org