About Us

The Center for Education Policy and Law  (CEPAL) is a joint undertaking of the USD School of Law and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Established by a grant from the William D. Lynch Foundation in 2007, our mission is to foster better linkage between educational research, policymaking, and practice by:

  • Undertaking commissioned empirical and legal research on education policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Enhancing communication between education leaders and local and state-level policymakers
  • Facilitating understanding among USD law students and education graduate students about the policymaking process through courses, internships and research opportunities