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William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy:
July 25 - July 30, 2021

The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) is accepting registrations for the five-day Summer Training Program.

The Institute provides training for new attorneys, attorneys who are new to special education law, experienced advocates, and law students (credit & non credit). The Institute also provides an Advanced Advocacy track for ISEA alumni.

Virtual class

Will this be your year to take the plunge?

This year, the Institute is offering a live virtual program with approximately ...

  • 30 sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies for working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures
  • taught by nationally recognized leaders from across the country
  • designed for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, attorneys who are new to special education law; and law students - credit & non credit
  • CEU and CLE credit anticipated (including Ethics)
  • advanced advocacy track for ISEA alumni
  • 20+ hours of asynchronous instruction
  • simulations of eligibility and IEP meetings, and the
  • Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from William & Mary Law School

Some sessions will be offered simultaneously. All sessions will be recorded so attendees will be able to watch them on-demand after ISEA.

Download the Tentative Agenda.

The cost for the virtual five-day program is right and there are no travel expenses this year.

The Institute is a terrific experience - we learn, make new friends, and have fun too. Upon completion of the Institute, participants will receive a certificate in Special Education Advocacy from William & Mary Law School.

If you plan to apply, we suggest you send your application in soon.

Application and Fees

The application includes registration details, costs, applicant questionnaire, and pre-conference assignments.

Registration is $950. for attorneys and $825. for advocates, non-attorneys, and noncredit-seeking law students. Two or more advocates and/or attorneys from the same organization will receive a 10% discount on each registration.

Applications are reviewed on a bi-weekly rolling basis until the class is full.

* Early applications are recommended.*

Download the Application.

Tuition Waiver Opportunities


The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy is hosted by the William & Mary Law School and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic and Wrightslaw.


Check out the info on the Institute of Special Education Advocacy page or contact the William & Mary PELE Clinic at pele@wm.edu

What ISEA graduates are saying...

This training was beyond what I expected and was a tremendously rewarding experience.  It has given me the confidence to be a better advocate.

ISEA is a comprehensive, informative and practical seminar for attorneys and advocates.

This was one of the best educational experiences of my life. I gained the skills and confidence needed to further my advocacy for children with disabilities and established important professional contacts and friendships.

I don't think I've ever learned more in one week.

ISEA changed the way I think about case strategies in special education law, it’s not all about due process, it’s about resolving the issue at the lowest possible level so that children can receive the free and appropriate public education that they both deserve and have a legal right to.

From the novice to the experienced advocate, you will learn something you did not know and need to know.

As someone who was passionate about special education law but wary of attacking a new practice area, especially one where mentors are almost non-existent, this week was so informative.  I came away with all the skills I needed to start fighting for clients.  I made invaluable connections with fellow attendees.  Worth every penny.

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