The field of higher education law encompasses the myriad of legal matters affecting colleges and universities, including compliance with accrediting standards of public and private primary and secondary institutions. It also involves state and federal regulation of those institutions, as well as the education and training for staff, managers, and in-house counsel.
Homer Bonner Jacobs education law practice is one of the most extensive and preeminent practices in the country. Institutions of higher education hire our education law attorneys because we offer the vital service of identifying, analyzing, resolving, and preventing a broad range of legal issues in a dynamic environment. We are committed to serving the needs of in-house counsel and effectively serve as outside general counsel for institutions without in-house legal staff. We represent a variety of types of colleges and universities, including public and private two-year and four-year institutions of higher education, from small liberal arts colleges to large universities.
Homer Bonner Jacobs education law attorneys possess excellent judgment, critical thinking, and strong writing and reasoning skills. We model the values of collegiality and civility in all of our communications and actions. We are able to handle multiple matters simultaneously, and maintain a professional and thoughtful demeanor throughout the entire process. We work with an intellectually stimulating and engaging group of institutional colleagues who have high expectations of their legal counsel. Most of all, our education law attorneys have a strong and visible commitment to our client’s goals.
Our education law attorneys are well-versed in nearly every aspect of law pertinent to higher education institutions. We advise institutions on administrative and regulatory issues relating to licensing and accreditation, student loans, grants, rulemaking and construction matters. Our attorneys manage institutional compliance with federal, state, and local laws to determine methods to avoid potential legal liability. We have also developed in-house training programs on a variety of educational issues and conducted workplace audits designed to uncover and solve state and federal law compliance issues.
Our education law attorneys seek to help our clients avoid lawsuits by anticipating and resolving issues before they ripen into costly litigation. We practice preventative law to educate our clients on campus about legal issues so that conflicts can be addressed or mediated in a civil and collegial manner before they become serious. However, when issues cannot be resolved, we represent institutions in civil litigation, arbitration, grievances, administrative hearings, and other adversarial proceedings. Our education law attorneys also know how to structure and negotiate contracts, leases and other agreements, and can assist with internal grievance and disciplinary procedures.
To learn more about our education law practice, contact us. Initial consultation is provided at no charge.
Homer Bonner Jacobs is a member of APSCU.