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NC School Boards Association

Legal Services/Client Based

Fall; Spring

Education; Local Government

Community Advocacy; Factual Investigation; Legal Research & Analysis; Policy; Transactional Drafting; Writing for Litigation

Work Description

DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: The NCSBA represents the interests of all 117 local boards of education in the state. We perform numerous services for these boards, including providing training and seminars for board members; writing school board policies; lobbying for the passage of sound education legislation; updating school boards on recent caselaw and legislation; writing amicus briefs and supporting and monitoring lawsuits concerning issues that affect schools statewide; and providing self-insurance to boards and coordinating insurance defense litigation and mediation.


Students would have the opportunity to work in three different areas:

  1. General education law-including drafting board policies, providing case law updates to local boards and research and writing on topics to be used in seminars or training;
  2. Legislative work-including observing legislative committees and sessions, drafting education-related legislation and providing legislative updates to local boards;
  3. Defense litigation-including reviewing and researching claims against school boards, assisting with mediation and settlement conferences, and assisting appointed counsel with litigation, as necessary and appropriate.

COURSE OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: All students will need to be available for a 2-3 hour time period and will need to have good research and writing skills. Students interested in working with the legislature need to be available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Students interested in insurance defense work should be available in the afternoons and should have either prior insurance claims experience and/or an interest in insurance/coverage issues. Students interested in general education law work preferably should have some experience and/or an interest in education law. We do not need students to be certified under the State Bar Student Practice Rule.

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