This article explains what education law is and gives some information about finding education law qualifications.
What is education law and what are the benefits of being qualified?
What is education law? Education law is a broad spectrum of law which relates to schools, students, teachers and education programs and policies. The most common areas of this legal niche are specifically targeted at combating the problems of school attendance, which is usually regular absence and truancy in schools. There are also specific areas of education laws that are related to certain types of educational provision such as sex education or special education laws. What are the benefits of being qualified in education law? - The government, (more specifically the education legislation), requires that schools employ the skills of experts in areas such as truancy/absence, special education needs provision and sex education. - If you are qualified in, say, truancy laws, you could easily advise a school on best practice policies and other areas of truancy law that they might not be immediately familiar with. - Being qualified also exposes you to constant updates about these important policy areas and a school would require this because they will rarely be able to dedicate their own resources to keep themselves up-to-date. - Education lawyers can be very well paid for their services and they often get to travel around the country doing the job they love.
Where can I get qualified?
Where you can be qualified as a specialist in education law will depend largely on what type of qualification you wish to do. Educational Law degrees It is rare to find an undergraduate law degree specifically dedicated to education law but you may be able to find mixed degrees with a major in law and a minor in education. Alternatively, you might be able to find specific higher degrees which include master's degrees or PhD degrees which can have aspects dedicated specifically to child education, truancy, education acts etc. It is also worth consulting child criminology books to get an idea about some of the wider resources available for your perusal. Specialist courses If you are already working in education, it might be worth asking your employer if you can take specific courses which focus on the areas of education law that you're interested in. There are always several courses on subjects such as truancy and child protection and your employer will value your input concerning these difficult matters. Research online for the best sources of education law qualifications in your area or ask your employer, union, or professional network for advice.