Morgan Lewis offers sophisticated, integrated, and cost-effective counsel covering the unique and varied needs and challenges faced by academic institutions and education-related service providers and investors throughout the education industry. We serve a wide range of clients involved in education, including private and public colleges and universities, academic medical centers, governing bodies and boards of trustees, endowment funds, for-profit educational program providers, public and private primary and secondary schools and charter schools, special education and related services, research organizations, investors in educational technology, and other entities in the industry.

Our lawyers collaborate across practices and offices to bring our education industry clients elite, comprehensive legal services. We consider US federal, state, and local regulatory compliance and concerns, as well as applicable global laws and regulations.


We advise education clients on the full spectrum of issues, including: 

  • COVID-19 impact, response, and defense
  • ERISA and other employment-related litigation
  • Workforce changes and other employment and employee benefits counseling
  • Crisis management, including matters related to college admissions practices, #metoo, and racial injustice
  • Diversity and inclusion and Title IX issues
  • Intellectual property matters 
  • Investment matters
  • Business transactions, tax, and governance
  • Real estate and finance projects
  • Evolving legal landscape

Other areas of service include governance, unrelated business income tax, and government relations; privacy and cybersecurity, including data breach response and prevention plans; healthcare and life sciences transactions; immigration matters; export control; and nuclear materials licensing, regulation, and related investigation and oversight.


Our client service in the education industry is bolstered by our marketplace involvement. Morgan Lewis lawyers served as editors for the Federal Tax News for Colleges and Universities newsletter published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers from 2014–2020. Our lawyers also are members of and have spoken to the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and have been published in NACUANOTES. In addition, members of our real estate team are actively involved in the Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers group.