I don't want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do; I hire them to tell me how to do what I want to do.
--John Pierpont Morgan
University legal counsel's primary function is to further their institution's mission of teaching, research, and outreach. They provide legal advice and counsel on a wide range of topics, including the application of copyright law to specific university activities. Not uncommonly their activity in this area can be described as preventive counseling, i.e., the provision of timely and effective legal advice before legal problems arise in order to prevent or minimize legal liability.
The Two-Part Message to Promote Copyright Education to Campus Legal Counsel
Understand Campus Needs
Beware Rigid Rules