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Education Law: Getting Started: Books, Articles & More

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2023 2:34 PM


Education Law is the term used to describe the application of the law in the school or educational setting. This branch of law includes federal and state statutes, regulations, and case law. Education in the United States is generally decentralized, with state and local governments largely responsible for educational standards (for a recent exception, see the federal No Child Left Behind Act).  

Education Law encompasses a wide variety of legal issues, including civil rights, disability, discrimination, separation of church and state, employment law, criminal procedure, freedom of speech and expression, and civil liability. Education Law topics of recent interest include charter schoolshomeschooling, drug testing, and bullying.

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Education Law Journals

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Find Articles

Search these legal periodical indexes to identify relevant articles. Be creative with your search terms. Try very general as well as specific searches.

Online Legal Periodical Indexes:​​​​​​​

  • LegalTrac (also Westlaw* and Lexis*, but known as Legal Resource Index (LRI))(1980 - present)

Online Indexes with Quickest CURRENT coverage:

  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) on Westlaw* only (most recent 8 weeks)
  • SSRN (Social Science Research Network)(2000s-present) Working papers, accepted papers

Indexes in paper format:

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  • (over 360+ UB subscription databases searched at once from ONE SEARCH BOX) Everything Search

You can also find relevant articles and other scholarly information by searching other online databases (subject listing) available at UB. 

Recent Law review Articles

  • Terry Jean Seligmann, Sliding Doors: The Rowley Decision, Interpretation of Special Education Law, and What Might Have Been, 41 J.L. & Educ. 271 (2012).
  • Nancy Vinsel, Drinking and Driving School Buses: Zero Alcohol Tolerance for Public School Bus Drivers, 41 J.L. & Educ. 271 (2012).
  • Matthew Beatus, Layshock Ex Rel. Layschock v. Hermitage School District, 56 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 785 (2011/2012).
  • Scott Farbish, Sending the Principal to the Warden’s office: Holding School Officials Criminally Liable for Failing to Report Cyberbullying, 18 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 109.
  • Maren Hulden, Charting a Course to State Action: Charter Schools and §1983, 111 Colum. L. Rev. 1244 (2011).
  • Lesley Lueke, High School Athletes and Concussions, 32 J. Legal Med. 483 (2011).
  • Mary Kenyon Sullivan, Long-Term Suspensions and the Right to an Education: An Alternative Approach, 90 N.C.L. Rev. 293 (2011).

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