Law 965 - Higher Education Law and Policy

Shiva Falsafi

Shiva Falsafi

Adjunct Faculty
A.B. University of Michigan, 1988
J.D. Northwestern University, 1991
LL.M. Harvard Law School, 1994
Course Description:

The Supreme Court famously called education "the very foundation of good citizenship" and designated it "the most important function of state and local government." Today, Americans continue to identify education reform as one of the most pressing issues facing the nation. This course introduces students to the legal, institutional, and political processes that shape educational policy on the federal and state levels and proceeds to address some contemporary challenges. In particular, the course will look at issues of affordability (the rapid rise in tuition, shortcomings of financial aid laws, and the spiraling cost of preparing for college admission), and the relationship between the changing nature of the economy and our system of higher education. Throughout the course, we will pay close attention to how different legal frameworks, including constitutional and civil rights, impact the educational system in the United States.
The course is offered over the two weeks in January (the “J-Term”). If you wish to enroll in the class, you must commit to be back on campus from winter break in time for the first class meeting on Tuesday, January 7.  Each day after a 3 hour class session, you will have reading and writing assignments to complete for the next day.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should:

  • attain a solid understanding of legal and policy challenges facing higher education in the United States,
  • learn to think critically about how different policies and laws shape education systems and influence the debate on higher education reform,
  • gain confidence in discussing important topics relating to higher education,
  • Develop a deep understanding of a specific area of education law and policy by working on an analytical paper.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Shiva Falsafi 20S 965 LEC 1 Unscheduled 2.0 No No
  Course meets 1/7 - 1/10 and 1/13 - 1/17 from 1:30 - 4:30pm in room 2448.