Education lawyers represent parents and their children in cases involving students' access to public school education, rights of special needs students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), discrimination in education, and more. When you need help to make sure that your child receives an appropriate education, contacting an education law attorney near you is the first step.
Use the list of education law professionals that we've compiled to hire a local education law lawyer to help with the issues your child is facing at school.
What Can Special Education Lawyers Do?
Within the field of education law, there is a subset of special education attorneys who are primarily focused on fighting for special needs children and those with learning disabilities. These attorneys can:
Build a case for your child's eligibility for an individualized education program (IEP).
Guide you through the IEP meeting preparation process and potentially attend the IEP meeting with you.
In some instances, attorneys may even participate in the IEP drafting process.
Represent clients in due process hearings when disputes arise.
Education Lawyers Help With All Types Of Education Law Issues
In addition to offering legal advice about special education and general education law-related topics, education law attorneys answer detailed questions such as:
What rules can school districts and school boards set regarding student safety and discipline?
Are there different laws or regulations for how public schools and private schools in the United States can act toward students?
Is there a difference in regulations that apply to higher education institutions compared to elementary schools, middle schools and high schools?
Do public health issues (such as the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic) modify how schools can treat students? Do those issue change what options schools must offer, such as distance learning?
How does Title IX protect against discrimination?
Can an education lawyer help with civil rights issues?
Can a lawyer attend a due process hearing?
What options do I have if my child's right to free speech has been violated by a school or teacher?
Consider the following when speaking with any of the education attorneys listed in this lawyer directory:
- Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information and speaking about your child with them? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your child's problem?
- How many years of experience does the lawyer have? Has the lawyer worked on other education law cases similar to yours?
- How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- Is the law firm conveniently located for you and your child?
How much experience do you have with cases like mine?
Do you know the judge or prosecutor in this case?
Should I take this case to mediation?
What are your legal fees and expenses?
Are you available after hours for questions?
Which lawyers or associates will I be dealing with?
Do I have to appear in person for my case?
Where is your Texas law office located?
Some people find a lawyer based on a recommendation from a friend or family member but you should do your own evaluation. A friend who suggested a divorce attorney may not be in the best position to recommend a criminal defense law attorney or tax lawyer. Dealing with legal issues can be complicated and frustrating. You should find the right lawyer that you can connect with to provide you with information, advice, and the legal aid you need.
The cost of hiring a lawyer can depend on the type of law and the complexity of the case. Some lawyers offer a free initial consultation. A free consultation is more common in contingency fee cases like personal injury or medical malpractice. Some lawyers may require a fee for the initial interview. During the initial interview, the lawyer may be able to provide some important information, including your legal options, likely outcomes, and cost of legal services. An initial interview is also an opportunity for you to see if this person is the right lawyer for you.
The State Bar of Texas keeps Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct records of violations or grievances against attorneys in the state. You can use the search tool on the state bar website to check an attorney's public disciplinary history. The state bar search results should show the lawyer's disciplinary history (if any) in Texas and other states.