Education Law Career Guide - Harvard Law School (2024)

Advancement Project
Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA
The Advancement Project is a policy, communications and legal action group committed to racial justice. The organization works to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on legal analysis and public education campaigns. It is a multi-issue organization, but education reform is a major focus.

Advocates for Children of New York
New York, NY
Advocates for Children is dedicated to protecting every child’s right to an education, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind. The organization provides free legal and advocacy services, and teaches families what they need to know to stand up for their children’s educational rights. AFC also works to change education policy so that the public school system serves all children of New York City effectively.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Newark, NJ
Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) works with local, state and federal leaders to identify and implement changes that will benefit New Jersey’s children. The organization seeks to identify children’s needs through research, policy and legal analysis and strategic communications, raise awareness of those needs and work with elected officials and other decision-makers to enact effective responses.

Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE)
Washington, DC
AJE works to educate parents, youth and the community about the laws governing public education, specifically for children with special needs. Through a variety of programs and events, it seeks to motivate and empower youth and parents to be effective advocates for quality education. In cases in which a third party is necessary to ensure that appropriate services are being made available to a family in need, AJE may provide families with direct representation.

Alliance for Children’s Rights
Los Angeles, CA
The Alliance for Children’s Rights protects the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth. By providing free legal services and advocacy, the Alliance ensures children have safe, stable homes, healthcare and the education they need to thrive. The organization’s staff and extensive network of pro bono attorneys advocate directly for individual children, in addition to working for broader policy reform.

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Washington, DC
The AAUP is a national organization of faculty, researchers, administrators, graduate students and members of the general public that works to promote academic freedom and tenure.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
New York, NY; all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC
The ACLU works in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend individual rights and liberties. A significant part of its work is related to the preservation of students’ constitutional rights in schools. The ACLU employs more than 200 attorneys and thousands of volunteer attorneys.

Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF)
New York, NY
The AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the rights of Asian Americans. It is a multi-issue organization, but emphasizes educational equity in its work. It provides legal assistance to parents and students asserting their right to equal education opportunities.

Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. (CFE)
New York, NY
The CFE is a non-profit corporation that seeks to ensure adequate resources and opportunity for a sound basic education for all students in New York City. The organization filed and won the landmark “CFE v. State of New York” case, in which it successfully argued that the state’s school finance system under-funded NYC public schools and denied their students their constitutional right to a sound basic education. CFE works to secure full funding and implementation of school finance and accountability reforms in New York.

Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP)
Washington, DC
Through the “Removing Barriers to Education Project, Virginia,” CCLP, the Youth Law Center, and JustChildren (a project of the Legal Aid Justice Center of Virginia) work to reduce barriers to education for youth in and returning from the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Center for Law and Education (CLE)
Washington, DC; Boston, MA
CLE works to make all students right to a quality education a reality and to enable communities to address their own public education problems effectively. CLE has helped shape legislation and policy at the national level and has provided assistance to students, parents and educators struggling with their implementation at the state and local levels, through both school capacity-building and outside advocacy.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Washington, DC
CLASP is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people. The organization has many goals, among which are the aim to make early educational opportunities available for all children and to help young people acquire the training required to obtain stable, well-paid jobs.

Center for Public Representation (CPR)
Northampton, MA; Newton, MA
CPR is a non-profit public interest law firm providing mental health law and disability law services. In addition to advocating for positive change in the systems that serve individuals with disabilities, including public school systems, the organization provides litigation and consulting services and produces and disseminates informational publications. The HLS Child Advocacy Project has placed students at the organization to do work on special education law.

Centro Legal de la Raza
Oakland, CA
Centro Legal de la Raza provides free or low-cost, bilingual, culturally-sensitive legal aid, community education and advocacy for low-income residents of the Bay Area, including monolingual Spanish speaking immigrants. By combining quality legal services with know-your-rights education and youth development, the organization promotes access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.

Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
Lynn, MA; Boston, MA
Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts seeks to promote and secure equal justice and to maximize opportunity for low-income children and youth by providing quality advocacy and legal services. Children’s Law Center attorneys provide comprehensive litigation services to students with disabilities and also advocates for non-disabled students in school discipline cases. Education advocacy is conducted at the school, administrative (Bureau of Special Education Appeals) and court levels.

Children’s Law Center of Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Children’s Law Center provides legal services to at-risk children and their families and uses the knowledge gained from representing individual clients to advocate for changes in the law and its implementation. Its practice focuses on children who face instability as a result of abuse, neglect or extreme parental conflict, as well as children with special education or health needs.

Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles (At UCLA)
Los Angeles, CA
The Civil Rights Project conducts research and produces reports on a variety of civil rights issues. Although its concerns are not restricted to education, it has published hundreds reports on education reform. The organization works to forge stronger links between national civil rights organizations, lawyers, academics and policymakers.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
Towson, MD
COPAA is an independent, non-profit organization of attorneys, special education advocates and parents. Its primary goal is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities. The organization does not provide direct services to children with disabilities.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Berkeley, CA
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. The organization seeks to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. DREDF works with the core principles of equality of opportunity, disability accommodation, accessibility, and inclusion.

Education Law Association (ELA)
Dayton, OH
The ELA, formerly the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, is a national, non-profit, non-advocacy member association that promotes interest in and understanding of the legal framework of education and the rights of students, parents, school boards, and school employees. The organization brings together educational and legal scholars and practitioners to inform and advance educational policy and practice through the law.

Education Law Center of New Jersey
Newark, NJ
The Education Law Center advocates on behalf of public school children for access to an equal and adequate education under state and federal laws. It focuses on improving public education for disadvantaged children, and children with disabilities and other special needs. The organization employs a number of strategies, including public education, policy initiatives, research and publications, communications and, as a last resort, legal action.

Education Law Center of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
The Education Law Center is a non-profit organization that works to make a good public education a reality for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable children—poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, English language learners, children in foster homes and institutions, and others.

Equip for Equality
Chicago, IL
Equip for Equality works to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities. The organization promotes self-advocacy and serves as a legal advocate for people with disabilities and handles individual cases and systems-change litigation to achieve broad-based societal reforms. Equip for Equality also advocates through public policy and legislative activities to give people greater choices in their lives and ensure their independence and inclusion in all aspects of community living.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Purcellville, VA
The HSLDA is a non-profit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional rights of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedom.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
San Francisco, CA
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. ILRC assists immigrant groups in understanding the democratic process in the United States, enabling them to advocate for better policies in immigration law and other issues that affect their communities.

Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance
Houston, TX
The Institute conducts research in higher education law and governance issues. Since 1982, Institute staff and affiliated scholars have produced a dozen books, nearly 90 journal and law review articles, and numerous other publications. The Institute is based at the University of Houston Law Center.

Institute on Education Law and Policy (Rutgers School of Law)
Newark, NJ
The Institute on Education Law and Policy is an education reform organization, based at Rutgers Law School– Newark, that focuses primarily on education problems in urban New Jersey, but does so with an eye toward their broader significance. The Institute’s work includes applied research by legal scholars and social scientists; reports and other publications; invitational meetings and conferences; analysis of education law and policy issues for the benefit of policy makers and the public.

Just Children, Legal Aid Justice Center
Charlottesville, VA
The JustChildren Program is Virginia’s largest children’s law program. From its Charlottesville, Richmond, and Petersburg offices, the organization provides free legal representation to low-income children who have unmet needs in the education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems. Its strategies include individual representation, community education and organizing, and statewide advocacy. Through coalition building, policy advocacy, and litigation, the organization makes lasting improvements for all children in Virginia.

Juvenile Law Center (JLC)
Philadelphia, PA
JLC is one of the oldest multi-issue public issue law firms for children in the United States. The organization maintains a national litigation practice that includes appellate and amicus work. It promotes juvenile justice and child welfare reform in Pennsylvania and nationwide through policy initiatives and public education forums.

Legal Aid of North Carolina: Advocates for Children’s Services
Durham, NC
Advocates for Children’s Services (ACS) is a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that focuses on serving children in the public education system. Its cases involve: short-term suspension; long-term suspension; expulsion; involuntary transfers to alternative school; denial of enrollment; discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or disability; mistreatment by school security personnel; special education; bullying; and academic failure.

Legal Aid Society Education Advocacy Project
New York, NY
Pro bono counsel in the Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project represents New York’s foster children to secure social and educational resources that can be critical for their healthy development and educational success. Volunteer counsel engages in multiple levels of legal advocacy to document needed services, negotiate an appropriate service plan, monitor its lawful implementation, and represent the child’s interests at an administrative hearing.

Learning Rights Law Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Learning Rights Law Center is a non-profit organization that works to ensure that students have equitable access to the public education system. The organization focuses its advocacy efforts on low-income students in the K-12 system who are at risk of or involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems; have learning disabilities and/or learning difficulties; or who are not accessing the public school system because of language, disability, sexual orientation, homelessness, or inadequate facilities.

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Los Angeles, CA; San Antonio, TX; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC
MALDEF promotes equality and justice for Latinos through litigation, advocacy, public policy and community education in the areas of employment, immigrants’ rights, voting rights, education, and language rights. In regard to education, MALDEF works to safeguard equal access to education opportunities regardless of income, nationality, or language skills.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
Boston, MA
MAC began in 1969 as the Task Force on Children out of School, devoted to exposing the systematic exclusion of children from the Boston Public Schools. The organization continues to be engaged in statewide advocacy efforts to protect the rights of children in urban education reform, special education, and other critical areas. MAC works on behalf of those children who face the greatest barriers to education success, due to disability, race/ethnicity, language and/or poverty.

Michigan Education Law Center (ELC)
Brighton, MI
ELC does not provide direct legal services, but offers information about school law to parents, school staff, and non-profit organizations.

Mississippi Center for Justice
Jackson, MS
The Mississippi Center for Justice is a non-profit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. The organization carries out its mission through a community lawyering approach that advances social justice campaigns with national and local organizations and community leaders. The organization has a division focused on education reform that works with advocates, organizers and families to secure special education services for students with special needs and produces and disseminates literature on the education reform issues.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
New York, NY
The LDF was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall and describes itself as “America’s legal counsel on issues of race.” Through advocacy and litigation, the organizations works to achieve inclusive, integrated, high quality schools for all America’s children.

National Association of College and University Attorneys
Washington, DC
An organization to assist higher education attorneys in representing and advising their client institutions.

National Association of the Deaf, Law and Advocacy Center
Silver Spring, MD
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is a civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The Law and Advocacy Center advocates for legislative and public policy issues of concern to the deaf and hard of hearing community, particularly at the national level and often in collaboration with other national organizations. Staff attorneys represent deaf and hard of hearing individuals in disability discrimination civil rights cases that are carefully selected to establish powerful legal principles of equality and equal access.

National Center for Youth Law
Oakland, CA
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a non-profit organization that uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. The organization works to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively. NCYL creates lasting change for children in need.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
Washington, DC
NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems and Client Assistance Programs for individuals with disabilities. The organization works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination. Special education advocacy is a major focus.

Schools Legal Service
Bakersfield, CA
Schools Legal Service is a legal services consortium serving public schools and community college districts and county offices in California. The service is administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and is based in Bakersfield, but provides legal and collective bargaining services to agency members throughout the state.

Special Ed Advocacy Center (SEAC)
Palatine, IL
The SEAC is a non-profit organization, staffed by lawyers who provide free legal services to parents and caregivers to help them understand and obtain education services that their children are legally entitled to. SEAC relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers and student interns who produce education brochures on a variety of topics related to special education law; translate brochures into Spanish, Polish and additional languages; provide basic technical support such as updating and redesigning the organization website; research legal issues; and assist fundraising.

Team Child
Seattle, WA
TeamChild upholds the legal rights of youth to ensure that they have opportunities to succeed. TeamChild works with youth, generally between the ages of 12-18, who come from low-income families and are involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild staff attorneys provide legal representation and advice to help youth assert their right to services that meet their basic needs. The organization’s attorneys work directly with youth to identify their goals and create a plan to achieve those goals.

The Door
New York, NY
The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. The Door helps a diverse and rapidly growing population of disconnected youth in New York City gain the tools they need to become successful, in school, work and in life. The Door’s Legal Services Center provides youth with legal counsel and assistance.

Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Education Justice
Washington, DC
The Public Education Project is the District of Columbia’s major link between the DC Public Schools and the legal community. The lawyers at the Public Education Project work to accomplish the goals of parents, children and schools. The organization runs two primary projects: the Public Education Reform Project, in which Project staff participates in formulating and developing the plans and legislation under which the DCPS works, and the DC Public School Partnerships Project, which seeks to bring lawyers into public education by creating partnerships between volunteer law firms and individual DC public schools. The organization takes part in school reform initiatives, provides technical assistance for reform initiatives led by others, and periodically pursues litigation to improve public education services in the District.

Youth Advocacy Foundation
Boston, MA
The Youth Advocacy Foundation (YAF) helps to fund legal pro bono and other forms of community support to vigorously defend the rights and promote the well-being of court-involved children, and helps them grow into healthy and productive members of our society. The Foundation defends the rights and promotes the well-being of court-involved children, and helps them grow into health and productive members of our society by ensuring that every child has access to zealous legal representation, essential and vibrant community-based services, and a quality education.

Youth and Education Law Project (At Stanford University)
Stanford, CA
The Youth and Education Law Project, a clinic at Stanford Law School, works with disadvantaged youth and their communities to ensure that they have equal access to excellent educational opportunities. Participants represent youth and families in special education and school discipline matters, community outreach and education, school reform litigation, policy research, and advocacy. The Project has conducted original policy research and briefing, drafted model legislation and policies, provided testimony to local school boards and California State Assembly, and provided comments to regulatory agencies.

Youth Law Center
San Francisco, CA
The Youth Law Center (YLC) works to eliminate abuse and neglect of children, to reduce out of home placements and incarceration, and to assure that those who are removed are held in safe, humane conditions. YLC takes action to ensure that the legal rights of vulnerable children are protected, and that they receive the support and services they need to become healthy and productive adults. Lawyers at YLC advocate for education, medical and mental health, legal support, and transition services needed to assure children’s success in care and in the community.

Youth Represent
New York, NY
Youth Represent is a youth defense and advocacy non-profit organization. Its mission is to ensure that young people affected by the criminal or juvenile justice system are afforded every opportunity to reclaim lives of dignity, self-fulfillment, and engagement in their communities. The organization provides legal representation, community support, education, and policy advocacy. Youth Represent partners with social service programs to provide the necessary legal representation and advice for young people.

Education Law Career Guide - Harvard Law School (2024)


How difficult is it to get into Harvard Law School? ›

Getting into Harvard Law School is very competitive. Applicants need a median LSAT score of 174 out of 180 to be competitive. The acceptance rate is low, at 9.5%, meaning out of the 8,393 applications received in 2022, only 798 were accepted.

What is the average GRE score for Harvard Law School? ›

To be comparable, you should aim for a GRE score of at least 165+ in both Verbal and Quantitative sections, as well as a strong Analytical Writing score (5.0 or higher would be ideal).

What is so special about Harvard Law School? ›

Law connects to every aspect of people's lives and intersects with multiple areas of knowledge and disciplines. At Harvard Law School, we offer an unmatched breadth and depth of learning opportunities and scholarship in more areas of interest related to law and justice than any other law school in the world.

How to study law in Harvard? ›

As a general guideline, most admitted applicants demonstrate potential for success in law school through an exceptional undergraduate academic record, standardized test scores in the top percentiles, and substantial accomplishments in work or extracurricular activities; however, no one of these aspects of an ...

Is a 3.7 GPA good enough for Harvard Law? ›

Harvard Law School usually looks for a GPA above 3.75.

What is the lowest GPA accepted to Harvard Law? ›

As you can see from these numbers, an LSAT score of 170 or higher and a GPA above 3.75 will give you a chance of gaining admission to Harvard Law School. If you have a GPA of 3.94 or higher and above a 175, you are pretty much a lock for admission, particularly given the class size of ~560.

What is the hardest law school in the USA? ›

The hardest law schools to get into include Yale University, Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University. In terms of highest-ranked law schools: Stanford University and Yale University are tied for the top spot.

What did Elle Woods get on her LSAT? ›

But for one of the top 14 law schools—like Stanford, Yale or Harvard—a score of 170 or higher is ideal. Elle Woods, a fictional character portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in the movie Legally Blonde, is known for her remarkable LSAT score—179 out of 180.

Does Harvard prefer LSAT or GRE? ›

Harvard Law School accepts either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). We do not have a preference for either exam. Similarly, a candidate is not considered more committed by taking both exams or disadvantaged by taking the same exam multiple times.

Is Harvard Law School stressful? ›

There is stress at every law school. The nature of law school, the socratic method in particular, requires you to be prepared for class and to think on your feet. One could argue that Harvard Law is less stressful than many schooks because merely getting the Harvard degree will be helpful with your career.

What famous people went to Harvard Law School? ›

His wife, Michelle Obama, is also a graduate of Harvard Law School. Past presidential candidates who are HLS graduates include Michael Dukakis, Ralph Nader and Mitt Romney. Eight sitting U.S. senators are alumni of HLS: Romney, Ted Cruz, Mike Crapo, Tim Kaine, Jack Reed, Chuck Schumer, Tom Cotton, and Mark Warner.

Why is Yale Law School better than Harvard Law School? ›

Yale has a smaller student-to-faculty ratio, potentially allowing for more personalized attention. Harvard, on the other hand, has a larger faculty and offers a broader range of courses and specializations, providing students with an opportunity to explore various aspects of law.

How difficult is Harvard Law? ›

How hard is it to get into Harvard law school? Getting into Harvard Law School can be difficult because it is such a selective school and there is a lot of competition. On average, for every 100 applications that Harvard receives, only 7 applicants are admitted.

How much do Harvard lawyers make? ›

By comparison, grads of Harvard Law School snagged median starting salaries of $201,250 in 2021, compared with a national median for law school grads of just $75,000, according to the National Association for Law Placement. In other words, Harvard Law School grads make almost three times more than the national median.

How expensive is Harvard Law School? ›

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $77,100; in addition, health insurance and health services fees, the LL. M. activities fee, dental insurance, the costs of housing, food, books and supplies, and personal and travel expenses for a single student come to at least $39,400, for a total of at least $116,500.

What is the hardest law school to get into in the US? ›

1. Yale University. With an acceptance rate of just 6.9%, it's no wonder that Yale is the hardest law school to get into. Only around 1 in 15 of their highly qualified applicants makes it through.

Is it harder to get into Yale or Harvard Law School? ›

What Is the Hardest Law School to Get Into? The hardest law school to get into is Yale Law School, with an acceptance rate of 5.5%. Followed by: Stanford Law School: 7% acceptance rate.

What is the average age to go to Harvard Law School? ›

What is the entering age at Harvard Law School? The median age is probably 24. Most HLS students graduated from high school when they were 18 and college when they were 22. The median HLS student, like the median student at all the other top law schools, has two years of work experience.

How much money does it take to get into Harvard Law School? ›

2024-25 Standard Student Budget (9-Month)
Mandatory HUHS Student Health Fee$1,592
Total Direct Costs:$78,692
Harvard University Student Health Insurance Plan (HUSHP) Fee$4,202
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