Education Lawyer:
Who Are They? What Do They Do?

Clients Rate Lawyers on our Platform 4.9/5 Stars
based on 2,724 reviews

Jump to Section

Need help with a legal contract?

CREATE A FREE PROJECT POSTING
Post Project Now

What is an education lawyer?

Education lawyers , also known as academic lawyers, handle legal matters related to student education. They set standards for the American publication education system for both public and private institutions. In general, education lawyers represent individuals and organizations that work in or around students.

In addition to legal matters, education lawyers must understand the intricacies of education law and how it impacts the system. They also perform numerous tasks on behalf of education institutions on contract or salary. Hire an education lawyer if you need legal advice or guidance when navigating education law.

You can learn more about education lawyers by checking out this page .

Who needs an education lawyer?

You need an education lawyer when you need someone to interpret laws related to schools, education, and administration. Education lawyers can render services and advice when considering the constitutional and civil aspects of education laws.

The following individuals and organizations may need an education lawyer:

  • School boards
  • School districts
  • Superintendent
  • Teachers
  • Parent-teacher associations
  • Fundraising groups
  • Coaches
  • Tutors
  • Volunteers
  • Driver’s education instructors
  • Substitute teachers
  • Support staff members
  • Administrative personnel
  • And more

Almost anyone who works with or at an educational institution may need legal advice from an education lawyer. Education lawyers possess a strong command of education laws and how they influence specific areas of academic administration and compliance.

Here is another page on the types of institutions and people that education lawyers help.

What is education law?

Education law is the federal and state bodies of law that focuses on matters related to educational institutions. Federal standards are set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. However, states may choose to exceed federal standards but must meet them at a minimum.

Education laws broadly set standards for the following areas:

  • Discrimination
  • Special education
  • Private education
  • Public education
  • Home-school education
  • Montessori education
  • Licensure & credentialing
  • Administration
  • Civil rights
  • Contracts

The above-referenced areas affect educational institutions tremendously. These education law areas influence testing protocols, academic standards, financial matters, safety procedures, and personal liberties.

This article will help you understand the policies that influence the U.S. education system.

Meet some lawyers on our platform

John P.

7 projects on CC
View Profile

Scott S.

13 projects on CC
View Profile

Gregory F.

2 projects on CC
View Profile

George L.

1 project on CC
View Profile

What types of issues do education lawyers help with?

Education lawyers handle a wide range of issues related to education law. They may work closely with schools or influencing policy at the state or federal level.

Types of issues that education lawyers help with include:

  • Coordinate and oversee grievance procedures and command chains
  • Oversee Protection of Minors policy compliance and training
  • Provide training to staff and students for sexual harassment prevention
  • Remain up-to-date on all laws and legislation related to education law
  • Handle lawsuits filed against the educational institution
  • Ensures that the school meets minimum insurance requirements
  • Maintain legal compliance with credentialing and licensing
  • Represents the school at arbitration, mediation, or in court
  • Evaluates disciplinary measures related to faculty and administration
  • Intercept, execute, and manage contracts the school has with others

As you can see, education lawyers have a diverse skillset and experience that other lawyers may not possess.

Here is an article that also discusses issues that education lawyers handle .

How much does an education lawyer cost?

An education lawyer costs anywhere between $150 and $500 per hour. However, rates will vary and may cost as much as $1,000 an hour. While they may work on an education lawyer salary, they may also work as contractors to schools.

An education lawyer or academic lawyer may also offer different fee structures, including:

  • Hourly rates
  • Part-time salaries
  • Full-time salaries
  • Flat fees
  • Contingency fees
  • Subscription services
  • Pro bono fees
  • In-kind trade

The amount of money that you can expect to pay depends upon several factors. Before searching online for a “business lawyer near me” or “civil attorney near me” to handle school-related issues, take the time to vet your options with an education lawyer and negotiate the fees before making a formal agreement.

ContractsCounsel Education Lawyer Image

Image via Pexels by Julia M Cameron

Hiring an education lawyer

When hiring an education lawyer, it is essential that you select the right professional to provide guidance and legal advice. Here are a few steps that your school can take toward hiring an education lawyer:

Step 1: Determine if you want to hire on salary or contract

Organizations and individuals have different needs and budgets. Begin the process by determining if you want to hire an education lawyer on salary or contract.

  • If you are hiring a salaried education lawyer: Go through the channels you typically use to hire others in your school or school district. Your human resources (HR) department can help.
  • If you are hiring an education lawyer on contract: Continue following the steps described below in this article.

Both types of work follow different employment laws. If this is your first instance of working with an education lawyer via legal services contract, ensure that you understand the contractor laws applicable to your work relationship.

Step 2: Start the vetting process

If you are a school or education administrator and need legal help, start your search for an education attorney. Ensure that you find a legal professional with experience in this area. While it may be tempting to search online for a “business attorney near me” or a civil rights lawyer, take the time to vet education lawyers specifically.

Also, you must hire a lawyer who is licensed to practice in your state. For example, if you need an education lawyer in Orlando, hire an education lawyer in Florida . They will have the knowledge and skills you need to protect your students and your school.

Step 2: Get an initial consultation

Education lawyers offer prospective clients initial consultations to establish whether the client needs a lawyer and, if so, how they can be helped. It is a wise move to ask an education lawyer key questions during the vetting process.

Questions to ask during your initial consultation may include:

  • How many years of experience do you have?
  • What is your track record of success?
  • How have you contributed to influencing policy?
  • Do you like practicing education law?
  • How much do your services cost?
  • Do you have client testimonials I can review?
  • How do you handling your billing process?
  • Other specific questions your educational institution may have

Get Free Bids to Compare

Leverage our network of lawyers, request free bids, and find the right lawyer for the job.

Get Bids Now

Step 3: Sign a legal services agreement

If you find an attorney with whom you want to work, negotiate a services contract . Find out what terms your board will agree to and work from there. The education lawyer may accept your proposal for work or counter with new terms.

After reaching an agreement, both parties should sign a legal services agreement that includes:

  • Acknowledgment of the agreement by both parties
  • List of services that the education lawyer should provide
  • Cost of services and expected payment terms
  • How to handle disputes related to the agreement
  • Release of liability and claims
  • Guarantees that the education lawyer is willing to provide
  • How to handle written communications
  • Signature and datelines to make the agreement official

The most important thing to keep in mind when hiring an education lawyer is to take your time, if you can, and select the right person for the right job. This individual should be able and willing to address your concerns while providing a sensible solution for your school.

Need an education lawyer?

If you need an education lawyer, consider posting your project at no-cost to ContractsCounsel. Sign-up today !

How ContractsCounsel Works
Hiring a lawyer on ContractsCounsel is easy, transparent and affordable.
1. Post a Free Project
Complete our 4-step process to provide info on what you need done.
2. Get Bids to Review
Receive flat-fee bids from lawyers in our marketplace to compare.
3. Start Your Project
Securely pay to start working with the lawyer you select.

Meet some of our Lawyers

View Melissa
Member Since:
October 26, 2020

Melissa L.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Des Moines, IA
14 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IA
City University School of Law

Seasoned negotiator, mediator, and attorney providing premier legal advice, services, and representation with backgrounds in education, healthcare, and the restaurant and manufacturing industries

View Ross
Member Since:
October 27, 2020

Ross F.

Managing Partner
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Bedford, New Hampshire
11 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, NH
University of Arizona

I am an experienced technology contracts counsel that has worked with companies that are one-person startups, publicly-traded international corporations, and every size in between. I believe legal counsel should act as a seatbelt and an airbag, not a brake pedal!

View Annais
Member Since:
October 28, 2020

Annais N.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Miami, FL
9 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL, LA, MD
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Attorney (FL, LA, MD) | Commercial Real Estate Attorney and previous Closing Manager (Driving Growth from $10M to $50M+/month).

View John
Member Since:
November 11, 2020

John H.

Attorney-at-Law
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Mobile, AL
11 Yrs Experience
Licensed in AL
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

John Daniel "J.D." Hawke is an experienced attorney with a law practice in Mobile, Alabama. He was born in Fairhope, Alabama and after earning his undergraduate degree at Auburn University, he received a law degree from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2010. After law school, he formed the Law Office of J.D. Hawke LLC and over the last decade he has fought incredibly hard for each and everyone of his clients. His practice focuses on representing people facing criminal charges and clients dealing with family law matters. In addition to criminal defense and domestic relations cases, he also regularly handles contract disputes, personal injury cases, small business issues, landlord/tenant disputes, document drafting, and estate planning. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

View Thomas
Member Since:
October 30, 2020

Thomas C.

Partner
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Denver, CO
9 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO
University of Colorado Law School

Thomas Codevilla is Partner at SK&S Law Group where he focuses on Data Privacy, Security, Commercial Contracts, Corporate Finance, and Intellectual Property. Read more at Skandslegal.com Thomas’s clients range from startups to large enterprises. He specializes in working with businesses to build risk-based data privacy and security systems from the ground up. He has deep experience in GDPR, CCPA, COPPA, FERPA, CALOPPA, and other state privacy laws. He holds the CIPP/US and CIPP/E designations from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Alongside his privacy practice he brings a decade of public and private transactional experience, including formations, financings, M&A, corporate governance, securities, intellectual property licensing, manufacturing, regulatory compliance, international distribution, China contracts, and software-as-a-service agreements.

View Michael
Member Since:
October 30, 2020

Michael B.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Illinois
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, MN, WI
University of the Pacific

Michael has extensive experience advising companies from start-ups to established publicly-traded companies . He has represented businesses in a wide array of fields IT consulting, software solutions, web design/ development, financial services, SaaS, data storage, and others. Areas of expertise include contract drafting and negotiation, terms of use, business structuring and funding, company and employee policies, general transactional issues as well as licensing and regulatory compliance. His prior experience before entering private practice includes negotiating sales contracts for a Fortune 500 healthcare company, as well as regulatory compliance contracts for a publicly traded dental manufacturer. Mr. Brennan firmly believes that every business deserves a lawyer that is both responsive and dependable, and he strives to provide that type of service to every client.

View Lyndsey
Member Since:
October 30, 2020

Lyndsey G.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Roseville, MN
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MN
Mitchell Hamline College of Law

Attorney of 6 years with experience evaluating and drafting contracts, formation document, and policies and procedures in multiple industries. Expanded to estate planning last year.

View George
Member Since:
November 2, 2020

George O.

Managing Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Houston, Texas
15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
South Texas College of Law

George is a lifelong Houston resident. He graduated from St. Thomas High School and then Texas A&M University. He obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2007. He is experienced in real estate, estate planning & probate, civil/commercial matters, personal, injury, business matters, bankruptcy, general counsel on-demand, and litigation. He is active in the community serving as past-president of the St. Thomas Alumni Board, a current member of the Dads Club Aquatic Center Board of Directors, current member of the Dickinson Little Italy Festival of Galveston County Board of Directors, and former PTO President for Briarmeadow Charter School.

View Ramsey
Member Since:
November 3, 2020

Ramsey T.

Founding Partner
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New York
25 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
William and Mary

My clients are often small and medium size technology companies, from the "idea" stage to clients who may have raised a round or three of capital and need to clean up a messy cap table. I help with all legal matters related to growth that keep founders up at night - hiring people, allocating equity, dealing with shareholders and investors, client negotiations and early litigation counseling (before you need a litigator). I've seen a lot, and because I run my own business, I understand the concerns that keep you up at night. I’ve been through, both on my own and through other clients, the “teething” pains that will inevitably arise as you scale-up – and I’m here to help you. I have over 20 years international experience devising and implementing robust corporate legal strategies and governance for large multinationals. I now focus on start-ups and early/medium stage technology companies to enable a sound legal foundation for your successful business operations. Many of my clients are international with US based holding companies or presences. My 17 years abroad helps me "translate" between different regimes and even enabling Civil and Common Law lawyers to come together. Regularly, I handle early stage financings including Convertible Notes, Seed and Series A/B financings; commercial and technology contracts; international transactions; tax; mergers and acquisitions.

View Sammy
Member Since:
November 4, 2020

Sammy N.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Raleigh, NC
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NC
Campbell University School of Law

Sammy Naji focuses his practice on assisting startups and small businesses in their transactional and litigation needs. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sammy worked on Middle East diplomacy at the United Nations. He has successfully obtained results for clients in breach of contract, securities fraud, common-law fraud, negligence, and commercial lease litigation matters. Sammy also counsels clients on commercial real estate sales, commercial lease negotiations, investments, business acquisitions, non-profit formation, intellectual property agreements, trademarks, and partnership agreements.

View Brad
Member Since:
November 6, 2020

Brad H.

Principal
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Raleigh, NC
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NC
University of North Carolina

Brad is a business attorney with experience helping startup and growing companies in a variety of industries. He has served as general counsel for innovative companies and has developed a broad knowledge base that allows for a complete understanding of business needs.

Find the best lawyer for your project

Browse Lawyers Now

Want to speak to someone?

Get in touch below and we will schedule a time to connect!

Request a call