Education Law Programs Law Schools

The Children's Law Clinic is a community law office that provides free legal advice, advocacy, and legal representation to low-income children. The clinic is staffed by Duke Law students who bring their compassion, commitment, and energy to the task of advocating for at-risk children. Since its establishment in 2002, the Children's Law Clinic has represented hundreds of children from a wide region around Durham.

The Children's Law Clinic is one of the few programs in North Carolina with expertise in special education and school discipline law. "All North Carolina children with learning-related disabilities have a right to an appropriate public education, " says Clinic Director and Clinical Professor Jane Wettach. That right is violated if those disabilities are not properly addressed or if students are improperly barred from their classrooms and schools. The law students in the clinic advocate for children in the public schools when parents have been unable to obtain appropriate educational services for their children. In addition, the law students represent public school students facing suspension. "Public school students have the right to appeal the imposition of a long-term suspension, " she says. "They have a much greater likelihood of prevailing if they have a strong advocate to help present their case."

In addition to fighting for the rights of children in education, the clinic also takes on other matters relating to the overall wellbeing of children. Through its partnership with several area medical practices, the clinic takes referrals to help children establish eligibility for important public benefit programs or live in more stable family situations. "The law students in the clinic are encouraged to learn to use their legal skills to solve problems, " Wettach says. "The goal in each case is to quickly resolve whatever problem the child is facing so that child's chances of being successful in life are increased."

"Every opportunity students have to open their mouths and advocate something is an important training moment. Having that experience in a supervised setting is wonderful."

— Ann Majestic '82

Student Suspensions

Extensive resources to assist lawyers and parents advocating on behalf of students who have been suspended from school have been collected by the Children's Law Clinic. The School Discipline website is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Clinic and Legal Aid's Advocates for Children's Services.

Visit the School Discipline website

Medical-Legal Partnership

The Children's Law Clinic is an active partner in the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Durham. This partnership creates a collaboration between lawyers and doctors to enhance the overall health and well-being of area children.

Visit the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children website

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Special Education Is Not Meeting The Law

2010-03-08 22:29:49 by 45c45h677e424

Too often my friends have expressed that the Special Education departments of schools are trying to rope in all the students with minor special ed needs and they are pushing them into classrooms that are self enclosed.
They do not follow the law.
They do not even have the text books in the classroom for each grade level they are to teach each student at and it is law that the text books be there, all the text books, all the subjects. The law requires it but it is not done. Over and over nice newsletters with pretty Tlbrink and Or_Mulch or Tomf22033 words are poised and posted over fat sandwiches and big bellies and the letters are on the district web sites and the state departments of education do not do anything to investigate or right the wrongs of the situations

Might not be law...

2009-02-03 18:44:09 by edugirl

Sounds like you might be interested in education policy. The links below might help you sort out whether your interested in education policy or education law (or both):
Here's a link from the U.S. Dept. of Education:
Here is a link to the U.S. News and World Report's website for The Best Graduate Schools, and the page for the "best" schools on education policy:
Here's a link to the UT System, where you can search for adacemic programs in education policy in your state:

Part 2, There are some laws...

2009-04-10 21:02:30 by edugirl

Select “Specialized Programs >Private Schools > Private School Affidavit.” (Note that there is a “Charter School” link, in addition.) This website will be extremely useful for you. Note the links to “Selected California Education Codes” as well as the FAQ’s. Note the following FAQ’s:
11. What is the compulsory education law?
20. Who can have access to the Private School Affidavits?
(Note on the CDE website there is also a path, “Specialized Programs > Private Schools” that you can explore as well

Maybe schools should study Olweus Programs

2012-07-29 22:24:14 by -

More than 40 states have some sort of law that makes bullying illegal, yet the harassment of young kids by their classmates remains common.According to the latest U.S. government statistics, about one-third of students aged 12-18 say they are bullied in some fashion, and it wouldn’t be surprising if that statistic is low.Even as some states are now moving to strengthen their anti-bullying laws, the fact remains that laws alone can’t stop bullying. Unless the adults and the kids in every school in the country learn how to recognize and deal with these situations, bullying won’t stop.

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