The landscape for institutions of higher education is ever changing due to pressures facing both public and private universities, increasing cost pressures, globalization and evolving technology. Colleges and universities also face a wide range of legal issues, including real estate, employment, construction, litigation, bond financing, corporate and commercial transactions.
In addition, they navigate areas of the law that are unique to this sector, such as extensive governmental, federal (e.g., Title IX) and state regulation. The right people are needed to face the challenges within this ever-changing landscape and meet the demand for skilled lawyers whose reach extends beyond the legal department and who can operate as partners with their university leadership.
Our Higher Education team has extensive experience placing attorneys in this sector. We understand the legal challenges facing institutions of higher education and have placed general counsel and other in-house attorneys at such institutions as Princeton University, the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Syracuse University, Columbia University, MIT, Catholic University, the University of California, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida.
Navigating the Market
Our legal search consultants are very knowledgeable about the trends in Higher Education and the corresponding legal issues. We have seen that our Higher Education clients are increasingly hiring lawyers with strong expertise but no prior industry experience as they look to expand their legal departments while seeking to maintain and improve the quality of the attorneys within those departments. We also understand that the needs and structure of each college and university is unique and we have a track record of providing strategic advice to institutions as they seek to build, develop or restructure their legal departments.