Introduction to Legal Issues for Academic Leaders


While many educators who step into leadership roles are likely familiar with Title IX, ADA policies, and intellectual property laws, overseeing legal issues on the departmental or campus-wide level is quite different from understanding them in the context of the teaching classroom.

As the consequences of noncompliance heighten, academic leaders face increased pressure to know the ins and outs of key legal issues and leverage a variety of measures that mitigate the risk of costly and time-consuming litigation and legal disputes.

Make sure you’re doing what you can to avoid these conflicts!

Introduction to Legal Issues for Academic Leaders is a three-part flipped course delivering expert programming on important legal issues. The course offers three weeks of online lectures, real-time chat with the instructor and course participants, and an in-person workshop, held August 9–10 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the International House Hotel, where participants can put into practice what they’ve learned in an interactive format through case studies, role play activities, and lively discussions.


Register today to receive three weeks of custom, wide-ranging content delivered by Scott D. Schneider, JD, a higher education law specialist and working lawyer at Fisher Phillips, LLP, a firm specializing in legal issues directly related to higher education. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the legal concerns facing departments and institutions through both independent and in-person learning.


  • At the start of the course, participants gain access to all course content; it’s recommended to follow the pacing of the individual parts
  • Upon completion of the online units in Parts 1 and 2, participants will take a quiz to gauge progress and also participate in an online discussion with other course participants and the instructor
  • At the conclusion of the online units in Part 3, participants will take a quiz and also join their instructor and other course participants for a one-and-a-half-day in-person workshop to apply what they’ve learned through case studies, peer discussions, and various role play exercises


  • Recorded audio lectures
  • Quiz following each part
  • Supplemental materials
  • Live online discussions with expert facilitator and course participants
  • In-person workshop with group discussions, various learning exercises, and networking opportunities


The course covers 11 units in 5.5 hours of recorded audio lecture. Each unit of study includes:

  • 30-minute recorded lecture
  • Quiz
  • Transcript and presentation slides
  • Live online discussion with scheduled instructor office hours

The in-person workshop, held August 9–10 in New Orleans, Louisiana, includes:

  • Opening reception
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Recap of online programming
  • Case studies/role play activities/interactive discussions
  • Certificate of Completion

The course curriculum is as follows:

Part 1: Online Coursework: Sunday, July 22–Thursday, July 26 (3 Units, 1.5 Hours)

Unit topics include:

  • The History of Higher Education Law
  • Negligent Hiring and Legal Claims in the Hiring Process: The Appointment Letter (a discussion on contract law)
  • Title VII and the ADEA (includes a discussion on retaliation and workplace harassment)

Live Discussion #1: Thursday, July 26, 7:30-9:30 pm

Part 2: Online Coursework: Sunday, July 30–Thursday, August 2 (4 Units, 2 Hours)

Unit topics include:

  • ADA and FMLA Overview, including unique issues in higher education
  • Common Legal Issues in the Tenure Review and Revocation Process
  • Affirmative Action and Diversity

Live Discussion #2: Thursday, August 2, 7:30-9:30 pm

Part 3: Online Coursework: Sunday, August 5–Thursday, August 9 (4 Units, 2 Hours)

Unit topics include:

  • Academic Freedom and Other Constitutional Issues
  • Intellectual Property
  • An Introduction to Student Affairs Law
  • Title IX

In-Person Workshop: Thursday, August 9–Friday, August 10 in New Orleans, Louisiana


Newly-appointed deans and department chairs, human resource professionals, and faculty developers slated with legal training will benefit from registering for this course. Experienced academic leaders who are looking for further guidance on key legal issues in higher education will also benefit.