Seminar: Education Law
Call Number: 20729
Course Number: 6910-01
Professor: Jerry R. Parkinson
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None
Course Overview: The course will explore selected topics relating to education law, at all levels of education (primary, secondary, and higher education). Some of those topics will be selected by the professor, and others will be selected by the students. Professor-selected topics in recent years have included school desegregation, affirmative action, gender equity in athletics, search and seizure, corporal punishment, student free speech rights, and religion in schools.
Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: The class will meet one day per week for two hours. During the first half of the course, students will read cases and other materials on topics selected by the professor and engage in discussion of those topics. Each student will prepare a paper on a topic to be arranged with the professor. During the second half of the semester, students will make presentations on their paper topics and lead class discussion on those topics.
Written Assignments: One paper of at least 20 double-spaced pages (exclusive of title page, table of contents, footnotes, and appendices) on a topic related to education law. The paper should be thoroughly researched, well written, and fully documented.
Type of Exam: No Exam
Basis for Grading Student Performance: 75% for written paper (including good-faith first draft); 25% for class participation, including attendance, student presentation, and contributions to class discussion.
Other Comments: Enrollment in seminars is limited to 10 students, first come, first serve. If you are interested in this course, you should pre-register as soon as possible, but please see the professor if you wish to take the course and you are on a wait list.