Higher Education

The Gray Plant Mooty Difference

Helping higher education make the grade

  • Our clients are traditional colleges, large state universities, medical schools and for-profit online learning centers.
  • We keep our fingers on the pulse of higher education through active involvement  in the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
  • Our one-of-a-kind trainED™ program helps higher education institutions stay in compliance with today’s most challenging employment issues

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National Association of College and University Attorneys

U.S. Department of Education

Minnesota Higher Education Office



When it comes to serving the legal needs of higher education institutions, our attorneys are at the head of the class.

From the hallowed halls of Old Main to online learning using new technology, these are exciting times for higher education institutions, with more opportunities than ever for reaching students and expanding academic scholarship.

At the same time, increasing financial and regulatory pressure—including new Title IX federal requirements—also means new challenges are on the horizon for today’s institutions of higher learning.   

Whether helping a college establish an innovative joint venture with a business or nonprofit organization, crafting an early voluntary retirement program for faculty members, guiding the Board of Trustees through a presidential search or identifying new funding sources, post-secondary institutions turn to Gray Plant Mooty’s experienced higher education team for all facets of their legal needs.

Our multidisciplinary team of attorneys has deep experience in their particular fields of practice, from employment and real estate law to technology and corporate governance. But what sets us apart is our deep knowledge of the higher education sector and our decades of experience guiding colleges, universities and professional schools through their most challenging business and regulatory issues.  

We work collaboratively to serve the unique business needs of:

  • Traditional nonprofit colleges and universities
  • Large state universities
  • Medical and professional schools
  • Technical and trade schools
  • For-profit colleges and universities
  • Online colleges and universities

Higher education institutions benefit from our firm’s tenure in the industry.

Our higher education attorneys routinely help colleges, universities and medical and professional schools address the business issues unique to the industry, including:

  • Institutional governance and finance
  • Employment, including through our unique trainED™ employment compliance program
  • Accreditation
  • Intellectual property
  • Development, charitable giving and donor relations, including representing large academic foundations
  • Real estate
  • Student affairs

From advising higher learning organizations through the day-to-day operations to helping a client through a high-profile Senate investigation and resolving a complex accreditation dispute, Gray Plant Mooty’s higher education law practice has a depth of experience virtually unmatched by our local peers.

Contact us today to learn more about how our experienced higher education attorneys can help your college or university meet business challenges and take advantage of opportunities to set your organization apart.

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