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Education Law


Scales of justice and a gavel and block sitting on top of books with a school chalkboard in the backgroundWelcome to the Education Law research guide.  This guide is intended to help you start your research of education law issues by outlining some of the authoritative education-related laws in the U.S. and California, as well as other helpful resources for researching education law.  

Legal Databases

Lexis has a page dedicated to Education Law with relevant cases, statutory materials, and other secondary resources.

Westlaw has a page dedicated to Education Law news.

Education Law Research Methodology

The basic education law research methodology is similar to other areas of legal research:

1. Establish the facts.

2. Identify the issues.

3. Locate authority.

4. Evaluate authority - make sure to evaluate for credibility, objectivity, accuracy, scope, and currency.

Repeat steps 1-4 as necessary to complete research and analysis of issues.

7. Develop conclusions and recommendations.

8. Communicate research results and recommendations.


This research guide was written in November 2021 by USD Law student Lilly Walker.