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Education and School Law

This LibGuide provides resources for research in legal and news services concerning education and school law.

What Is Education Law?

The Preface to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Education Law says that education law "consists of the statutes and cases pertaining to educational institutions and the personnel associated with these institutions." It goes on to define statutes and cases.  "Statutes are defined broadly as including not only legislative enactments but also constitutions, treaties, ordinances, court rules, and administrative regulations."  The term "cases" includes the "decisions of the courts, opinions of attorney generals, and rulings of administrative agencies ..." Look under the Reader's Guide and the Front Matter tabs for some basic discussions of what education and school law are all about.

The WEX Legal Encyclopedia, a project of the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School, provides this extensive discussion of education law and the legal practice areas of which education law is comprised.


Education Law at Piedmont College
Education students will encounter aspects of the body of laws and regulations concerning education in many of their courses.  In particular, the following graduate courses are aimed at special educators and Ed.S. and Ed.D. students and provide systematic, in-depth instruction.

EDUC 7730 School Law

A study for educators of the legal doctrines applicable to the school setting, including those dealing with truancy, curriculum, due process rights of students and teachers, freedom of speech, expression, and religion, student publications, search and seizure, student discipline, sexual harassment and discrimination, student records, student testing, terms and conditions of teacher employment, special education, and other legal rights and responsibilities of teachers.

SPED 7705 Policies and Legal Issues in Special Education

This course is designed to highlight the history and current status of litigation and school law which serves as the foundation for Special Education. The purpose of this course is to teach educators about laws and policies that affect students with disabilities.

EDS 8860 Educational Law and Ethics

This course explores legal and ethical issues that arise in schools. It provides school leaders with the knowledge necessary to understand and prevent legal problems and helps school leaders reflect on questions of educational policy and ethics. Candidates should gain an understanding of legal principles and interpretations of constitutional statutory laws. There is a focus on the school-based decision-making process at the local school level.

EDD 8862 Educational Law and Policy

This course promotes understanding of constitutional, statutory, and judicial provisions as a basis for the legal operation of public schools. It addresses traditional and emerging issues of school case law and litigation as they pertain to school/student safety; student/teacher relationships; instructional issues; administrative authority/oversight; taxation; religious practices; and other relevant issues. A graduate of this course should be confident in planning for and responding to legal and ethical issues in the educational environment and confident in his/her abilities to deal confidently, effectively, and appropriately with legal issues.