Colleges and universities are unique entities – they serve the public, solve pressing societal needs, prepare people for our country's future, provide housing for students, employ thousands of individuals in systems that provide for significant employment protection, play a vital role in local and regional economies and build and maintain infrastructures. They are also subjected to significant and increasing federal, state and local regulation.

The attorneys in our Higher Education Practice Area have extensive experience serving the numerous and ever changing needs of academic institutions from day-to-day operations to complex legal challenges to policy and planning. Our higher education team devotes itself to legal matters unique to higher education institutions. We represent independent and public colleges and universities and other organizations involved in higher education. Our attorneys address nearly every aspect of law pertinent to higher education. Our team includes attorneys with experience in higher education matters not only at HSE but as college administrators, trustees and leaders of education associations. We know higher education from the inside.

HSE is proud to co-sponsor the Higher Education Roundtable with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Nazareth College. This free luncheon series (even lunch is free) is devoted to legal issues in higher education. The panelists—attorneys and higher education administrators—address legal issues in a practical, problem-solving format with an emphasis on risk management. 

Our Clients

  • Private Colleges & Universities
  • Public Colleges & Universities

Our Experience

  • Board Governance
  • Bond and Other Financing Transactions
  • Business Transactions
  • Civil Rights
  • Computing
  • Development
  • Distance Education
  • Employee Benefits
  • Endowment
  • Environmental
  • Faculty Tenure
  • Faith-Based Institutions
  • Immigration