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Disability Law and Policy Curricular Program

Program Description

The Disability Law and Policy Curricular Program recognizes law students who have taken a concentration of courses related to the field of Disability Law and Policy. This Program is designed for law students who are interested in pursuing a career related to practice or policy work related to such areas of law disability, education and special education, children’s rights, civil rights, labor, employment, as well as comparative and international human rights law.

Completing the Disability Law and Policy Curricular Program

Students must submit an application to the Program Director at the beginning of the Fall Semester of the applicant’s second year. Later applications may be considered, but no later than March 1 for spring and summer graduation, and November 1 for fall graduation. An official transcript and a copy of the Capstone Project should be submitted to the Director no later than March 1 for spring and summer graduation, and November 1 for fall graduation.

There is no limit on the number of students who may complete the DLPP Curricular Program. The Director will recommend all students who have met all the requirements and who are in good academic standing at the College of Law.

Program Requirements

In order to complete the DLPP Curricular Program, students must satisfactorily complete a 15 credit hour course of study including the 3 required courses and 2 elective courses (listed below). Students also must complete the COL writing requirement on a disability-law related topic, which has been approved by the DLPP Director. Students must also maintain a 3.0 or better GPA in all courses that will be counted towards completion of the curricular program course requirements.

Since Disability Law and Policy is a multidisciplinary field, students are encouraged to use the six credits available to them for coursework outside of the College of Law to enroll in Disability Studies courses offered in the School of Education, International Relations courses offered in the Maxwell School and courses in social work, public health, architecture, geography or philosophy offered in other SU colleges and departments. All graduate courses must be approved by the Director prior to registration.

The following is a list of the Required and Elective Courses:

A. Required Courses

1.   Disability Law (3 credits); and

2.   Advanced Disability Law (3 credits) or International and Comparative Disability Law; and

3.   At least one (non-law) graduate level disability-related course (3 credits) or the Disability Rights Clinic, or a disability related   externship, or Advanced Disability Law or International and Comparative Disability Law, if not already counted as a required course.

B. Elective Courses

In addition to the 3 required courses, students must take at least 2 elective law courses from the following list of courses. The substitution of other courses in place of the listed elective courses requires an advance request and approval by the DLPP Director. Students are also free to take as an elective course one of the required courses but the course will count either as a required course or an elective course, but not both.

Administrative Law 702
Advanced Disability Law 809
Bioethics/ Genetics and the Law TBA
Children and the Law 787
Civil Rights Law TBA
Disability Law 763
Disability Rights Clinic 923
Education Law TBA
Elder Law TBA
Estate Planning 717
Employment Discrimination Law TBA
Evidence 718
Externship (at a disability-related placement only)  920/921/901/902
Family Law 720
Health Law TBA
International Human Rts & Comparative Dis Law 889
International Human Rights   778
Labor and Employment Law 730/784
Law and Psychology  719
Legislation and Policy: Special Education

610 (004)

Public Health Law 862
Poverty Law   TBA
Race and the Law TBA
Regulatory Law 794
Social Deviance and the Law Seminar 834
Sexual Orientation and the Law 710
Wills and Trusts 715

* Courses listed as TBA are approved COL courses that are not offered currently in 2013-14. This list is subject to change as COL course offerings change from year to year. Students may contact the DLPP director to ask permission to substitute another course that is not listed here to count towards one of the two law school elective courses.

C. Capstone Project

The Capstone Project requirement may be met by writing a research paper or project in the Advanced Disability Law or International and Comparative Disability Law courses.

D. The Written Work Product Requirement

The Written Work Product requirement may be met by taking one course, whether mandatory or elective, that leads to the production of a significant written work product in the subject matter of disability law and policy that satisfies the upper class writing requirement or that is qualitatively equivalent as determined by the Director of the DLPP, in consultation with the Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

E. The Experiential Learning Course Requirement

The Experiential Learning Course Requirement may be met by taking one of the following courses: 

Advanced Disability Law (Law 809)

Disability Rights Clinic (Law 923)

International and Comparative Disability Law (Law 889)

D.C. Externship (at a disability-related placement only) (Law 901/902)

Externship (at a disability-related placement only) (Law 920/921)

Note: The same course may be taken to meet the requirements of paragraphs 3 (c- e).

Academic and Co-Curricular Programs

In addition to working towards completion of the Certificate in Disability Law and Policy Curricular Program, students are encouraged to participate in other disability-related academic programs and co-curricular activities, including the Joint Degree Program in Law and Education/Disability Studies.  Students enrolled in any COL Joint Degree Program or in another Curricular Program are eligible to participate in the Disability Law and Policy Curricular Program. However, students may not complete more than two COL Curricular Programs.

For more information, please contact the Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program, Professor Arlene Kanter at kantera@law.syr.edu.