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Education Law : Introduction to Education Law

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Welcome to this Guide to Education Law.  The James C. Kirkpatrick Library has some print materials that are useful for those conducting research in this area.  The Education Law Reporter  (Ref KF4110 A2 W47) is a collection of important education cases.  Use LexisNexis Academic for most legal research needs, including education law.  ELR was canceled in 2013, so if you need information from the past couple of years, you shouldn't rely on it.  If you know the case citation or parties' names, use the LexisNexis search box in the left column on this page.  For help finding education cases about certain topics, read the tips in "Finding Education Cases in Lexis Nexis" below.

Remember to visit the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library for assistance with your research.  Reference personnel are available in person, and by phone, email, and chat.  It's a good place to get help with your research.  If you'd like to set up a research appointment with me, please email me at   



Finding Education Cases

If you would like to limit your search to a specific area of the law (in this case,education law) follow these steps:


1.  Start at the library's home page.

2. In the Find menu in the upper right-hand corner, under the Research category, choose Databases.  Then click on "L" and select LexisNexis

3.  At the top right of the page, you will see Source Directory: Find or Browse.  Click on Browse. 

4.  Under Browse Sources, select Area of Law.

5.  Filter by Country - United States

6.  Filter by Publication Type - Cases

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

8. Select the Source(s) you want to search--for instance, Federal and State Education Law Cases.

9. Click on the red box on the far right labeled OK - Continue.

10.  In the Search Terms box, type your search (a word or phrase, such asteacher termination or student free speech.)

11.  If you want to restrict your results by date, click on Advanced Options under the red search box. Enter the dates and click on Apply.  

12.  Click the word Search in the red search box.

13.  Mark any items you want to email or download.

14. To email the full text of a case, click the Envelope icon at the far right of the screen.  Enter your email address. Click on Send.