Education & the Law

SLN #: 26499
Course Prefix: LAW-721
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Herf

Course Description:
Formation, Functions, Parameters of schools regarding operating authority, Constitution and Statutory rights, legal and practical aspects of governing bodies, rights and responsibilities of administrators, teachers and students.

This advanced course in education addresses the issues of the constitutional law, federal and state statutory and regulatory provision and case law and its impact upon education in the United States and the State of Arizona. It will analyze major decisions of the United States Supreme Court in the areas of finance, religion, collective bargaining, student rights, rights of the disabled, employee rights, desegregation and discrimination. The major critical legal issues in traditional public charter and private education will be discussed. The course will address the governance, functions, relationships and responsibilities of school personnel, school districts and students. Practical skills application will be used in mock settings involving an employee grievance and student expulsion. The course will analyze two U.S. Supreme Court decisions from June of 2009 involving Arizona, their history and future impact on education.

This course will consist of lecture, individual and group assignments, written assignments, examinations, class activities, including major topical presentations and a mock grievance and special education due process hearing.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term or Other Exam: Yes
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.