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Education Law : Court Cases

Guide to finding education law cases and other legal resources

Court Cases

You can find a court case by its title or case citation. For example: "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka" is a case title347 U.S. 483 is the case citation for Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The citation reads as follows: volume, abbreviation of the name of the reporter containing the case, and page number on which the case begins.  You can find this case reported in volume 347 of the United States Reports, page 483. (Reporters are law books that report court decisions in chronological order by jurisdiction of the court.)  

You can also find cases in legal databases such as LexisNexis. See the search widget below.

  • To search for cases by citation, party names, or topic, use the search widget below.
  • To limit your results to only U. S. education cases, see Limit to Education Cases at the bottom of this page. 
  • To find online help, watch YouTube videos about LexisNexis Academic or consult LexisNexis user guides.  

A helpful print resource:  West’s Education Law Reporter (Ref KF4110 A2 W47)  covers selected state and federal education cases from 1982 to the present; it also provides articles authored by education experts.  NOTE:  The library canceled ELR in 2013, so it is not useful for very recent cases. 

 

Widget Search Tips:

  • Use the search box as is to search the full text of all cases.
     
  • Use segment terms, like CITE() for citations and NAME() for party name, to search specific fields.  For example, when searching for Roe v. Wade, search NAME(Roe) AND NAME(Wade)
     
  • If your search returns over 3000 results or zero results, press the Edit Search link at the top of the page to use the full product’s guided search boxes. 

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Finding Education Cases

It may be helpful to limit your results to a particular area of law--in this case, U. S. education cases. To do this, follow the steps below:

Open LexisNexis.

In the upper right corner, click on Browse Source Directory. 

Under Browse Sources, choose Area of Law

Filter by Country (United States) and Publication Type (Cases).

Under Trail - Area of Law, select a Category -  Education Law.

Select the Source to search, such as Federal and State Education Law Cases.

Click the red box on the far right (OK - Continue).

Enter a word or phrase in the Search Terms box (such as teacher termination or student free speech).

To limit by date, click on Advanced Options under the red search box.  Enter dates and click Apply.  

Click Search in the red search box.

Mark items to email or download.  To email the full text of a case, click the Envelope Icon at the far right.  Enter your email address and send.