Who says there are no new good ideas? Susan Cartier Liebel certainly had a great one when she founded Solo Practice University, an online law school. The format may be “virtual,” but the courses are very real, full of invaluable content, and taught by lawyers who manage firms in various different practice areas. As a Special Education Lawyer, I especially appreciate that “niche” practice areas are well-represented among the faculty at SPU.
Speaking of the faculty, Susan has selected lawyers who are at the absolute top of their field. These are attorneys with unparalleled experience, success and talent in their areas of practice. They are the best and the brightest. Did I say “bright?” Really, I meant “brilliant.” And also incredibly, incredibly attractive. It is, therefore, with great pride, and obvious humility, that I announce that I am the newest faculty member at Solo Practice University.
In all seriousness, I really am so excited to be teaching Introduction to Special Education Law. Over the years, I have spoken with dozens of attorneys throughout the country who are interested in “breaking into” this field, but have no idea where to even start, since it isn’t taught at most traditional law schools. One of the really neat things about SPU is that it offers attorneys like this, who are interested in switching fields or in learning about a new area of the law, to do so without having to rearrange their entire lives and schedules. This is especially true for those lawyers who happen to be parents of children with disabilities, who are interested in learning more about IDEA practice.
Introduction to Special Education Law will be a course that provides an overview of the basics of the IDEA and other relevant Statutes which are necessary to know in order to practice in this field. In keeping with the goals of SPU, however, it will be much more than that: it will give students the practical tools necessary to actually start, run, and grow a Special Education Law Practice. I hope you’ll join me!