Education law involves a diverse range of issues from representing children with poor access to education to special education law to education reform. American laws mandate that every child be given the opportunity to an education.
Each state has its own education system, and as a result, laws regarding the management of schools, teachers, and funding for public schools vary among different states. However, all American public education systems are overseen by the federal government through the U.S. Department of Education.
Lawyers in education law can work for local school districts where they deal with issues such as school governance, student records, collective bargaining and student discipline. Many lawyers who work in nonprofits and advocacy groups either represent children and families or focus on broader policy issues relating to educational reform via legislative and advocacy work.