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Know Your Rights

For more than 35 years, the SPLC has been answering the call when students need reliable information about the law of the First Amendment, defamation, copyright, and access to government documents and meetings. We've collected our research to help you learn your rights -- and how to protect them -- and how to spot (and avoid) the most common legal and ethical traps when you?re gathering and distributing the news.

High School FAQ: Answers to the most commonly asked questions from high school journalists and educators.

College FAQ: Answers to the most commonly asked questions from college journalists and educators.

Legal Guides: Legal reference guides and practical newsgathering tips, from broadcasting to blogging, about every aspect of media on campus.

Law Library: A compilation of the key court cases and statutes that define the rights of the student media and the free-speech rights of all students, along with research tools to help you find the legal authority that hits the bulls-eye.

State Legislation: An interactive map tracking the latest legal developments in student press rights nationally, and step-by-step guidance about getting reforms in your home state to protect students and teachers against retaliation.