The Institute, through the work of our students and faculty, serves the educational needs of children through direct representation and policy initiatives, including support for:
- children in the special education process
- children facing suspension or expulsion
- children experiencing bullying or harassment at school
- children whose education is impacted by involvement in the juvenile justice system or placement in foster care
- efforts to make quality preschool available to all children
Education Law Practicum
The Institute empowers law students to work on the issues facing children while building their skills in education law and policy. This unique course has a classroom component and a field work component.
The class seminar addresses substantive education law and the development of skills tailored to the practice of education law. For the field work component, students have the option of local placements where they will work under the supervision of practicing attorneys.
Students may choose to: (1) provide direct representation and legal assistance to children and families in need of support related to special education and/or school discipline matters; (2) represent school districts in education law matters; or (3) work on education policy matters.
Placement options include local organizations, school districts, law firms, and government agencies, such as:
- Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
- Equip for Equality
- Franczek P.C.
- Legal Aid Chicago
- James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
- Chicago Board of Education
- U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
Educational Advocacy Program
Loyola’s Educational Advocacy program is an alternative to a field placement. Working under close supervision of a law school faculty member, students provide advocacy for youth involved in school disciplinary, bullying, and special education proceedings. Students may also work on policy projects related to education law matters, develop training manuals and materials, and provide trainings for parents or community organizations.