Robinson+Cole regularly serves as outside counsel to large universities, midsize colleges and independent schools, providing investigatory, advisory, transactional, and litigation services to meet the needs that are unique to educational institutions. We provide legal services in a broad range of practice areas that shape the student, faculty and administrator experience.


The issues faced by our education clients are as diverse and complex as the members of their communities, from governance and administration to employees and students. Drawing upon the collective experience of every practice group Robinson+Cole has to offer, our Education Group brings a collaborative approach to solving these problems. Schools face many challenges amid dwindling resources, and we provide clear, practical guidance to help them achieve their mission.

Decisions in one area often cause ripples elsewhere that can disrupt the equilibrium of an institution. Our lawyers know this, and they work together and with clients to assess risk and provide practical solutions. When necessary, our attorneys guide clients through processes to resolve disputes early and efficiently. If early resolution is not possible, we are prepared to pursue a resolution in any forum, including litigation. Our firm has a wide range of experience in practice areas that educational institutions require:


Our lawyers closely monitor developments in the education sector. We maintain active membership in, attend and present at national and regional conferences for leading organizations such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, and the Licensing Executive Society.

Robinson+Cole offers clients personal attention, responsiveness, cost efficiency, and creative, alternative approaches to fees.

    • Experiences
      • Representation of Providence College in drafting and negotiating the design and construction agreements for the Ruane Center for Humanities, a 63,000-square-foot building constructed to accommodate its new Development of Western Civilization program, as well as offices for the School of Arts & Sciences, the center for the Study of the Humanities, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the Departments of English and History.

      • Representation of an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school in negotiating a design contract for a 24,000-square-foot science building designed and built in accordance with sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council.  

      • Representation of a Connecticut town in drafting the construction and design services agreements for the proposed renovation of a high school, the roof replacement at an elementary school, and a new town hall and police station.

      • Representation of Common Ground in New Haven, Connecticut, the nation's longest-running environmental charter high school, in preparing RFP materials and a construction contract for the construction of a new center for learning and leadership, renovating existing school buildings, and making extensive sustainability upgrades on the charter school's 21-acre campus.

      • Representation of King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, Connecticut, in preparing design and construction management contracts for the phased renovations to the Upper School, including a state-of-the-art academic center, new common space with integrated vertical circulation, substantial renovation of support space, asbestos abatement, and infrastructure improvements.

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      • October 13, 2017

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      • March 22, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present at World of Higher Education Conference

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      • August 25, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Launches HigherEdWire – News for legal counsel

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      • August 18, 2014

        Hartford Lawyers Present Education Law Program to UHart Students

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      • June 25, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Introduces HigherEdWire Group on LinkedIn

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