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Education Law is the term used to describe the application of the law in the school or educational setting. This branch of law includes federal and state statutes, regulations, and case law. Education in the United States is generally decentralized, with state and local governments largely responsible for educational standards (for a recent exception, see the federal No Child Left Behind Act).  

Education Law encompasses a wide variety of legal issues, including civil rights, disability, discrimination, separation of church and state, employment law, criminal procedure, freedom of speech and expression, and civil liability. Education Law topics of recent interest include charter schoolshomeschooling, drug testing, and bullying.


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Enyclopedia of Education Law - Russo, Charles J.
Call Number: Online / Electronic Book: in Gale Virtual Reference Library
Publication Date: 2008

Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law
Call Number: KF4114 .D46
Publication Date: 1989 - 2008


Treatises, Hornbooks & Nutshells

Higher Education Law Policy and Perspectives - Alexander, Klinton W.
Call Number: Online in Ebook Library
Publication Date: 2010

Special Education Law - Guernsey, Thomas F.
Call Number: KF 4210.G84 2008
Publication Date: 2008

The Law of Schools, Students, and Teachers in a Nutshell - Kern, Alexander
Call Number: Study Aids: KF4119.3 .A43 2009
Publication Date: 2009

Education Law Stories - Olivas, Michael A.
Call Number: KF4119 .E277 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Search & Seizure in the Public Schools - Rossow, Lawrence F.
Call Number: KF9630 .Z9 R67 2006
Publication Date: 2006

College and School Law : Analysis, Prevention, and Forms - Prairie, Michael
Call Number: KF4225 .P73 2010 (+ CD ROM in Koren)
Publication Date: 2010


The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child - Siegel, Lawrence M. Call Number: Reference KF4209.3.Z9 S57 2009. Publication Year: 2009

A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians, and Advocates Need to Know - Cohen, Matthew . Call Number: Online in Ebrary. Publication Year: 2009

School Law - New York State School Boards Association. Call Number: KFN5648 .A73 H3 (+ CD ROM IN KOREN). Publication Year: 1994 - 2010.


    Education Law Journals

    Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal (also available on HeinOnline and in print at the Law Library)

    Journal of Law and Education (also available on HeinOnline and in print at the Law Library)

    ELA Notes/Education Law Association (available in print at the Law Library)

    Yearbook of Education Law (Education Law Association) "...analyses of the previous year's federal and state court decisions that affect private and public elementary and secondary schools and higher education" (available via UB subscription database Education Research Complete on EBSCOhost)

    See more education law journals available online at UB here.

    Find Articles

    Search these legal periodical indexes to identify relevant articles. Be creative with your search terms. Try very general as well as specific searches.

    Online Legal Periodical Indexes:

    ·     Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (journals 1981-present; books 2000 to present)

    ·     Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Retrospective (1918-1981)

    ·     LegalTrac (also Westlaw* and Lexis*, but known as Legal Resource Index (LRI))(1980 - present)

    Online Indexes with Quickest CURRENT coverage:

    ·     Current Law Journal Content: an index to legal periodicals (2000 - April 2011)(Washington & Lee)

    ·     Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) on Westlaw* only (most recent 8 weeks)

    ·     SSRN (Social Science Research Network)(2000s-present) Working papers, accepted papers

    Indexes in paper format:

    ·     Index to Legal Periodical Literature K 9 N319 (ref)(1888-1939)

    ·     Index to Legal Periodicals K9 N32 (Ref) (1926-1994)

    ·     Index to Legal Periodicals & Books K9 N32 (Ref) (1994-present)

    ·     Annual Legal Bibliography K 38 H365 (Ref) (1960-1981)

    ·     Subject Compilations of State Laws KF 240 S795 (Ref) (1960 - present) Identify law review articles and books that cite to state statutes on specific topics. Also on HeinOnline.

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    ·     (over 100 UB subscription databases searched at once from ONE SEARCH BOX) EverythingSearch

    You can also find relevant articles and other scholarly information by searching other online databases (subject listing) available at UB.



    Recent Law review Articles

    Terry Jean Seligmann, Sliding Doors: The Rowley Decision, Interpretation of Special Education Law, and What Might Have Been, 41 J.L. & Educ. 271 (2012).

    Nancy Vinsel, Drinking and Driving School Buses: Zero Alcohol Tolerance for Public School Bus Drivers, 41 J.L. & Educ. 271 (2012).

    Matthew Beatus, Layshock Ex Rel. Layschock v. Hermitage School District, 56 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 785 (2011/2012).

    Scott Farbish, Sending the Principal to the Warden’s office: Holding School Officials Criminally Liable for Failing to Report Cyberbullying, 18 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 109.

    Maren Hulden, Charting a Course to State Action: Charter Schools and §1983, 111 Colum. L. Rev. 1244 (2011).

    Lesley Lueke, High School Athletes and Concussions, 32 J. Legal Med. 483 (2011).

    Mary Kenyon Sullivan, Long-Term Suspensions and the Right to an Education: An Alternative Approach, 90 N.C.L. Rev. 293 (2011).

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    Audio Visual Materials

    Board of Education v. Earls - Voices of American Law
    Call Number: Law Koren AV Center / 3 Day: DVD KF228 .B63 B63 2005
    Tecumseh, Oklahoma high school student, Lindsay Earls, was upset by her school district's policy of testing all students involved in extracurricular activities for illegal drug use so she challenged it in court. The case was testing whether drug testing of students in extracurricular activities violates the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

    United States v. Virginia - Voices of American Law
    Call Number: Law Koren AV Center / 3 Day: DVD KF228 .U5 U56 2010
    Steeped in history and tradition, the Virginia Military Institute remained all-male long after the state’s other public universities became coeducational. VMI’s leaders and alumni believed that a single-sex environment was essential to the school’s spartan "adversative" educational method. When a female high-school student complained to the U.S. Department of Justice about VMI’s policy, the DOJ filed a lawsuit claiming that the Equal Protection Clause required the state to offer the same opportunities to women as it did to men. The documentary tells the story of the case and the aftermath.

    Massacre at Virginia Tech - Narrator, Mark Strong.
    Call Number: Law Koren AV Center / 3 Day: DVD HV6534 .B53 M37 2008
    "Documentary looking at the worst school shooting in American history, when a lone gunman killed at least 32 people on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg, Va., before taking his own life. Using extensive access to key witnesses, we delve into the mystery of how Cho, a young man with no criminal history, became a mass murderer."-- from BBC website.

    The Road to Brown
    Call Number: Law Koren AV Center / 3 Day: DVD KF373 .H644 R63 1990
    Presents the role of Charles Hamilton Houston in the cases which led to the landmark Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education. Gives a history of segregation, Jim Crow Laws, the NAACP and biographical information on persons influential in the desegregation movement.

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