Higher Education and the Law (SC)

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/16
Credits: 1
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MTWR
  • 1800-1930
  • WB129
03/27/2023 04/06/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Education is defined as the great societal equalizer designed to combat disparities and minimize gaps in access to opportunity. Colleges and Universities occupy a unique place in American society. This course will introduce students to the legal and institutional complexities that are encountered by institutions of higher education. Students will examine the social and political factors that impact the programs and systems that shape higher education. Students will learn to apply legal concepts to the varied issues that are encountered in higher education settings. The course will touch on risk assessment and compliance with federal and state directives from the United States Department of Education along with state systems of education. More specifically, the course will examine issues such as, civil rights in higher education (i.e. Title IX, ADA, Affirmative Action) and safety (i.e. Clery Act), privacy rights of students (FERPA), academic freedom of expression and rights of all persons under the First Amendment and the rights of student athletes. The course discussion will highlight the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, Grutter v. Bollinger, Fisher I and Fisher II, and more recently in Bostock v. Clayton County and NCAA v. Alston.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: A flex exam via EXPO will be administered at the conclusion of the course with answers due via EXPO by noon on April 20th.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, March 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, April 08, 11:59 PM