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Social Welfare 232: Social Work and Education Policy: Home


This assignment asks you to create an Amicus Brief, and to become familiar with basic legal research. The guide is split into resources that are freely available (i.e., you can still get to them after graduation) and those that require CalNet ID to access from off campus (though anyone can walk into the Library and use them.) Reminder: in the U.S., the federal role in education is limited. Because of the Tenth Amendment, most education policy is decided at the state and local levels. So, if you have a question about a policy or issue, you may want to check with the relevant organization in your state or school district.


Laws and Guidance, U.S. Dept of Education. Includes links for each state as well, including California.

Education Commission of the States: Policy team which conducts research, delivers reports and provides expert counsel on the full spectrum of education policy issues – from early learning through postsecondary and workforce readiness.

ERIC Education Resources Information Center from the U.S. Department of Education.

LII/Legal Information Institute Open Access project from Cornell University to make the law accessible and understandable to all. Includes state and federal law.

Oyez (pronounced oh-yay), a free law project at Chicago-Kent, is a multimedia archive of the Supreme Court of the United States offering  transcript-synchronized and searchable audio, plain-English case summaries, illustrated decision information, opinions and biographies of every justice.

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs 1985 to present, from the U.S. Department of Justice. (Note: you can restrict to just education-related briefs).

APA Amicus Briefs filed by the American Psychological Association on a wide array of topics. 

NACDL Amicus Briefs filed by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

ACLU has filed many Amicus Briefs -- searching online by case name, for example, their brief for Brown v. Board of Education 

Amicus Briefs filed by the very conservative "Eagle Forum".

EEOC Amicus Briefs -- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commssion 

Access for All with image of student in front of a locked school.

Searching Legal Books + Articles (mostly not free, except to UCB)

The Berkeley Law Library has a great search engine that combines searches from law-related  Articles + Books. You can also limit by date range. 


Great listing of all education-related U.S. legal sources from Georgetown Law. Some of these (like the specialized West's Education Law Reporter) are only available through the Berkeley Law Library.