Education: Student Counsel

A fascinating trend on U.S. campuses this year is the emergence of hired professionals to defend students' interests. At six of the University of California's nine campuses, for instance, student governments are spending $ 12,000 for a lobbyist to represent them for six months at the state capital in Sacramento. Boston University students have retained a local attorney; federal poverty lawyers help University of Michigan students. But what if the lawyers clash with the administrators?

That question is being tested at the University of Texas, where the student association last summer hired the nation's first full-time lawyer for students. During his first...

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