Today’s colleges and universities face a diverse set of legal challenges. K&L Gates lawyers provide a wide range of legal services to address these challenges, drawing on broad experience gained over decades of counseling institutions of higher education in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Our clients range from regional community colleges to large research universities with complex international operations.

Our lawyers take a multidisciplinary approach to higher education issues with knowledge and experience in:

  • Academic medical centers
  • College loan, 529, and scholarship programs
  • Construction and land use
  • e-Commerce
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Employment and labor issues
  • Establishment of international campuses
  • Faculty conflict of interest management
  • Fundraising, endowments, and planned giving
  • Health and safety
  • Insurance coverage
  • Intellectual property
  • Intercollegiate athletics (independent investigations and eligibility issues)
  • Investments
  • Governance
  • Government contracts and grants
  • Public policy and lobbying
  • Secondary institutions/charter schools
  • Tax-exempt finance
  • Tax exemption and unrelated business taxable income
  • Technology transfer
  • and many other areas that pertain to higher education

In addition to the range of services listed above, we have identified five areas of focus where our experience differentiates us from other law firms and we are able to deliver specialized services to our college and university clients. The five areas of focus are detailed below.