An examination of recent high profile, education-related disputes at both the K-12 and higher ed levels. Topics to be explored include campus safety and privacy, student freedom of expression, technology-related issues and concerns, religion in the schools, cyber-bullying, and accountability for off-campus behavior. Access to a quality education will be examined by analyzing disputes arising at every stage of the education process, from issues regarding practices that may engender a “school-to-prison pipeline” to the ongoing legal battles regarding race-conscious policies, K-12 teacher tenure, school sports, the unmet needs of English language learners, the misuse of the special education system, the impact of the burgeoning charter school movement, and the implementation of the federal "Every Student Succeeds" Act.
In addition, the course will explore the future of impact litigation and court-mandated education reform, examining the recent experience of the San Francisco public schools under the controversial and wide-ranging federal consent decree monitored by Prof. Biegel for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
Students will have the opportunity to choose either a paper option or a final exam for the 3 units of Law 282. The course paper can be structured to satisfy the SAW requirement. Students choosing to write the paper will identify a problem that is reflected in the course content and make the case for addressing the problem by changing current law via litigation and/or legislation.
LAW 282 FIELD COMPONENT OPTION - Students will also have the option of signing up for an additional 1-2 units in order that they might examine how many of these procedural and substantive issues play out in a real-life setting. Those who select this option will have the opportunity to meet with education professionals, visit local educational institutions, and analyze both the effectiveness of recent strategies for change and the implications for attorneys practicing in this area and prospective plaintiffs contemplating legal action down the road. Completion of the 2-unit version of this option will satisfy the SAW requirement.Fieldwork Component
To: All Second and Third-Year Law Students & All LLMs
Re: Field Component Option for Law 282
This memo is designed to clarify the parameters of the Law 282 Field Component Option. The option, a longtime feature of this class, has been set up to provide students with a range of additional opportunities to supplement their coursework by examining how relevant issues play out in a real-world setting. Through a network of current and former UCLA education students who are serving in leadership positions in K-12 and higher education settings, opportunities will exist for the exploration of topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Online and Offline Privacy Issues Impacting Students and Educators
* The Tension Between Student First Amendment Rights and Campus Safety
* The Recent Expansion of the Scope of Title IX at Every Level of Education
* Legislative Efforts to Hold Students Accountable for Cyber-Bullying
* The Ramifications of the Burgeoning Charter School Movement
* School Sports: Growing Concerns over Injuries and Opportunities
* Addressing the Unmet Needs of English Language Learners
* The ADA and Higher Ed Disability Rights
* Combating Discriminatory Discipline Practices in K-12 Education
* Determining Educational Quality: What Makes a Good School?
* Ongoing Efforts to Reform or Abolish K-12 Teacher Tenure
* The California Ballot Initiative Process and the Future of Public Education
Students who choose the field component option will sign up for an additional 1-2 units of independent study (via Law 340) and prepare a paper on a topic of their choice. They will also commit to at least one meeting with an education professional, a meeting that will typically include a visit to one or more local educational institutions.
Students enrolled in Law 282 may sign up for the field component option during the first week of classes in August. The 2-unit version of the option will satisfy the law school writing requirement.
For additional information regarding the field component option for Law 282, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Biegel at email@example.com.