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Representing Private School Students

At Kosnett Law Firm, we advise students and parents of exactly what their legal rights and options are during a dispute with the administration of a private school.

Our firm represents a wide variety of private school students throughout the United States, especially within the California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Imperial, San Francisco, Alameda, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Napa, Marin, Yolo, and Sonoma. We also represent International Students here and US students abroad.

The problems facing the private school student can be radically different from the problems facing a student in public school, especially at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Your rights are usually governed by contract, rather than by statute. You may have waived your rights to a due process hearing, and even your right to go to court, as many private schools require arbitration of disputes.

We at Kosnett Law Firm have a great deal of experience with private schools, leading to great success for our clients. We make sure that the school follows its own rules regarding discipline and dispute resolution. We initiate arbitration when appropriate. We sue for damages when it is called for and advisable. Most frequently, we are able to negotiate a favorable settlement.

School administrators can be tyrannical and lack compassion, but they do have to worry about their bottom line, financially speaking, and their reputation. Our experience often helps our clients leverage a better settlement than anyone thought possible, through mediation and/or through meeting and talking with the head of school or the school’s attorney.

Our services for private school students include the following:

  1. School discipline
  2. Academic dishonesty
  3. Athletic eligibility/sports, CIF, NCAA, transfers
  4. Misconduct
  5. Drugs, alcohol and sex issues
  6. College admissions
  7. Testing
  8. Letters of Recommendation
  9. Cleansing, correcting, and sealing the school record
  10. Arbitration
  11. Mediation
  12. Voluntary Withdrawal
  13. Transfer
  14. Court Proceedings
  15. Financial refunds and disputes
  16. Insurance
  17. Personal Injury
  18. Grade Disputes
  19. Field Trips
  20. Graduation
  21. Awards and Scholarships
  22. Disability accommodations
  23. First Amendment Rights
  24. Breach of Contract
  25. Confidentiality
  26. Cheating
  27. Appeals
  28. Settlement negotiation
  29. Religious issues
  30. Suspensions
  31. Expulsions
  32. Transcripts
  33. Bullying
  34. Hazing
  35. Sexual abuse

We have dealt with both secular and religious private schools of all denominations.

Some cases have dealt with the Catholic Archdiocese. Our firm is known and respected. Whatever your issue with the private school, do not hesitate to call us. If advisable, we will even remain in the background and coach you on how to best handle the problem yourself, to minimize friction and legal fees.

Contact us

We believe that every person has a right to receive qualified legal representation. Let our education law attorneys at Kosnett Law Firm fight for you. To schedule a free consultation, call or email us at 1-877-959-2937 or

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With headquarters in Los Angeles, and 8 offices throughout the State of California, Kosnett Law Firm serves clients nationwide, with an emphasis on the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, San Luis Obispo, and the Northern California counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Napa, Marin, Yolo, and Sonoma.

Kosnett Law Firms serves clients in the cities of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Ana, Fresno, Stockton, Irvine, Chula Vista, Femont, San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, Modesto, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Berkley, Santa Monica Lawyer, and Long Beach

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