Not only do schools, school districts and school boards face many of the same legal issues as any business, they are also are governed by a host of federal and state laws. School attorneys may represent the education institution itself, teachers and their unions, or students and their parents. Students and their families should hire school lawyers for assistance with issues related to bullying, suspensions, expulsions, discrimination and special education needs. Teachers may need to hire education attorneys for assistance with employment contracts, disciplinary and discharge issues, licensing disputes, discrimination and other employment issues. Educational institutions (including elementary schools, high schools, colleges, universities, trade schools and charter schools) should seek the guidance and advice of an education law firm for issues related to employment matters, real estate issues, licensing issues, regulatory compliance issues, contract negotiations and review, special education law, liability issues, confidentiality laws and funding issues.