Ogletree Deakins is an industry leader in higher education legal practice. Our attorneys have decades of experience advising and defending public and private, religious and secular colleges, universities, and vocational schools. With more than 200 attorneys with experience in higher education, we provide highly responsive legal services that include litigation defense, analysis, counseling, day-to-day advice, and representation in the following areas:

Employee Relations

Equal Opportunity




Student Matters

Flexible Practice Model that Focuses on Client Needs

Our higher education practice model is two-fold. First, we work with in-house and local counsel to resolve complex litigation, administrative, policy, and compliance matters. If an institution requires rapid deployment of supplemental legal resources, we provide it. Second, for institutions that do not have in-house or local counsel, our attorneys serve traditional in-house functions of reviewing, advising, and providing core legal support for institutional objectives while also resolving litigation-related, administrative, regulatory, and compliance matters. Our attorneys have an appreciation for the culture of higher education and the business of academe. We offer a well-coordinated team that provides institutions with bench-depth and ensures the availability of legal resources, integration of areas of expertise, and economies of scale for clients. We handle simple and complex matters, provide training, and assist with the formulation and implementation of risk management strategies. We help college and university leaders respond to the legal challenges in today’s fast-paced and increasingly complex higher education environment.

Depth and Experience

Ogletree Deakins attorneys bring higher education-specific experience and knowledge to the institutions we represent. This allows us to provide the following benefits:


Communication is a vital part of serving the legal needs of higher education leaders, colleges, and universities. We regularly update clients on the status of their matters and are available for consultation at every step of the decision-making process. This participative practice style promotes information-driven decision making and helps to build strong and lasting relationships based on timeliness, responsiveness, quality, and value.


We are a leader in offering value-based billing for clients. We work closely with our clients to develop fee arrangements that are tailored to their needs, and we are happy to discuss alternative fee agreements that may be of interest to our clients.

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