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Carolyn J Olson

Special Education Attorney, providing legal help to low and no income families
  • Education Law
  • California
Claimed Lawyer Profile

Ms Olson was born in Southern California and has a lifelong intellectual curiosity, earning a Masters Degree and a Juris Doctor Degree, fueling her gift for teaching. As a Professor of Pacific Coast University, she has a genuine desire to inspire the students she loves so much and whose lives she touches wanting them to rise to their fullest potential. She is a visionary educator who loves the law. After graduating from law school and passing the Bar she practiced law to become one of the top attorneys at Student Rights Advocates so that everyone will have the same opportunity to learn as she has had. If you are facing a due process hearing, or if your student’s rights have not been recognized, then you may greatly benefit from the representation of an advocate from our firm. We are dedicated to providing the assistance that our clients need and we understand the severity of your situation.

College of William and Mary
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Pacific Coast University School of Law
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Professional Experience
Pacific Coast University School of Law
- Current
Law School Professor. Currently teaching Property Law
Senior attorney
Student Rights Attorneys
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I am part of a highly motivated and effective team of attorneys that strive to share our extensive knowledge of the Special Education process and make our services reasonably affordable and readily available to those in need. We provide the information required to help Parents make an educated and informed decision regarding their child’s future. I have held several presentations to Parent groups to explain the Special Education process and their rights. Every day I help children take advantage of the services they are entitled to and for children with an array of special needs. I believe each child has rights: they have rights to fair treatment, to proper education, and many other opportunities. Issues such as individual education programs (IEP) and 504 plans can be confusing, making it important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each option. Having representation to explain each plan, other alternatives, and government requirements is vitally important. I do not believe that finances should be a barrier to families who are in need of help. Therefore, our practice is centered around helping low income and otherwise disadvantaged children.
Speaking Engagements
"IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop", Hilton Garden Inn Fontana 10543 Sierra Ave Fontana, CA 92337
National Business Institute (NBI
Strengthen Your School's IEP and 504 Plan Process and Protect Student Rights IEPs and 504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. Join our experienced faculty for this comprehensive overview of legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan process. Register today!
ABCs of IEPs, Conference for Health Care Professionals, University Club of Pasadena
Student Rghts Attorneys
Health Care Professionals will a gain a basic foundational knowledge of the Due Process and specifically learn about Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and their role in the process. The IEP meeting, required by federal statute, is convened at least once a school year to plan an educational program that is tailored to the needs of each disabled child. The child's "team" attends the meeting: teachers, therapists, parents, school administrators, and any other invited parties. Many Health Care Professionals don’t realize that school staff may not be savvy about the needs of children with complex neurologically based problems.
Attorney of the Year for 2019
Pasadena Magazine
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 276591
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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United States Bankruptcy Court Central District of California
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  • Free Consultation
    We offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients According to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004, students with disabilities should be prepared for further education, employment, and independent living. If you or your child has special needs, then you may greatly benefit from the assistance of our practice. We have many years of experience handling cases in which a special needs child is placed in an individual education program (IEP), and we have helped oversee meetings to create IEPs and worked with parents to ensure the well-being of their children. Our premier special education advocacy comes highly recommended We are highly adept in the field of education law and the rights of disabled students We provide aggressive due process hearing representation We tailor our representation to meet your child’s unique needs Our firm will devote the time and attention that your situation deserves
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We will work with every financial situation. Don't let money stand in the way of your child's education!
Practice Area
Education Law
Websites & Blogs
Special Education Advocate
Contact & Map
Yarijanian and Associates dba Student Rights Attorneys
4340 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Telephone: (626) 395-0146
Fax: (888) 833-1565