Education Law Overview
Welcome to the Education Law Libguide! The goal of this Libguide is to assist researchers interested in education law and policy issues. For those of you who are new to legal research, please first take a look at the Basic Legal Research for Non-Law Students Libguide because the Education Law Libguide is written for researchers already familiar with basic legal research. Hopefully, the Education Law Libguide will help you navigate through the various education resources that are available at the Illinois College of Law Library, the University of Illinois Library, and a vast array of Public Internet Resources.
Education law is an area of law covering legal issues within a school setting. Areas include laws governing school administration and finance, student rights, student responsibilities, and employee rights and responsibilities. Also, there are Constitutional issues concerning the separation of Church and State and discrimination against people on the basis of disability, national origin, race, and sex. Education law is governed both by federal and state law. Accordingly, effective legal research includes understanding the need to research both federal and state laws affecting a particular legal issue. For a general overview of Education Law check out the Legal Information Institute's Education Law Overview.
Navigating the Education Law Libguide
Navigating this Libguide: there are four main pages accessible through tabs on this page.
- Home: provides a brief description of education law, general research tips and instructions for navigating this Libguide.
- Secondary Resources: identifies encyclopedias, annotations, treatises, digests, and books that provide commentary and analysis on Education Law and Policy.
- Primary Sources: identifies federal and state codes, case reporters, and codes of regulations that make up education law.
- Public Internet Resources: provides links to useful websites, broken down by state and federal government resources, education law legal websites, libguides on more specific education law topics (e.g., special education law), and links to organizations who focus on education law and policy.
Each section will provide resources on state and federal education law. For those of you just starting your research, we suggest starting with Secondary Resources materials. Secondary sources will provide you the framework for a given education law topic. Afterwards you could look to primary and Internet Resources.
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