The Home School Legal Defense Association was established in 1983 as a means to provide low-cost, high quality legal defense to a large (and rapidly growing) number of home educators.
HSLDA takes its commitment to home education seriously. Their attorneys are all parents who have, are, or will home educate their own children.
For $130 per year ($115 for LEAH members), HSLDA will represent you with legal counsel for any problems you encounter regarding your right to home educate your children. Also provided is Court Report, a monthly newsletter with information on the current legal issues from around the country.
Joining HSLDA is simple, go to their website by clicking on the HSLDA logo to the right or request an application from: HSLDA, PO Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134. You may also contact HSLDA by phone at 540-338-5600. Please write on your application that you were referred by LEAH. This causes a small referral benefit to accrue for LEAH. (Using this link to join causes the referral benefit to happen automatically. Thank you for your assistance in helping keep LEAH membership dues low.)
To receive your LEAH member discount, you will need the LEAH/HSLDA affiliation number – you may obtain this number from your Chapter Leader. Insert this number in the appropriate place on the application and your discount will be applied.
In addition to legal defense services for members, HSLDA closely tracks and works to influence Federal legislation that poses a risk to home educators. On the state level, HSLDA has worked with state homeschool organizations to push for legislation and regulations favorable to home education and to oppose bills that are adverse to homeschooling rights. Many other benefits and services are available to HSLDA members.