Legal Guides

For more than 40 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.

In each section, you'll find answers to common questions students and advisers ask on our legal hotline, as well as tip sheets, legal guides and white papers, all prepared by our legal staff. Lastly, our law library features a collection of some of the court decisions, statutes, constitutional provisions and regulations that are most important to the student media.

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