The Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP) houses the nation’s first Joint Degree Program in Law and Disability Studies, a Curricular Program in Disability Law and Policy, and the Disability Rights Clinic as well as disability-related summer and semester-long externships in New York and Washington, DC.
Led by Professor Arlene Kanter, DLPP is the most extensive disability-related law school program in the United States. Students who participate in this program often go on to jobs in the areas of disability, education, special education, children’s rights, civil rights, labor, employment, trusts and estates, and international human rights law. Graduates now work for federal and state government agencies, private law firms, domestic and international NGOs, public interest law offices, legal services offices, school districts, policy organizations, think tanks, and some students have started their own law practices or pursued LLM or PhD degrees.
An example of the kind of experiential work DLPP students perform at the College, in 2017 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence Arlene Kanter—together with research assistants Alyssa Galea and Megan Brooks; students Cintia Garcia and Alexandra Caraballo; and Assistant Director of Student Learning Christine Demetros—contributed to an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court of the United States case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District
Professor Kanter and Assistant Dean Andrew Horsfall in Beijing after a lecture by Professor Kanter at Peking University Law School.
Image description: Pictured are 7 people standing of various heights in front of a screen that shows a PowerPoint slide that reads “The Development of Disability Law Around the World.”