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College of Law Requirements for the J.D./M.S./C.F.E. Joint Degree (72 credits)

  • 72 COL credits satisfactorily completed, including:
  • Disability Law (Law 763 - 3 credits); and
  • Advanced Disability Law (Law 809- 3 credits) or International Human Rights and Comparative Disability Law (Law 889- 3 credits) or completion of the writing requirement on a disability-law related topic in another course, with prior permission of the Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program
  • Three elective COL courses (from a list of courses, that is subject to change)
  • Students are also encouraged (but not required) to enroll in the Disability Rights Clinic or on disability-related cases in another clinic or in the Externship.

School of Education Requirements for the J.D./M.S. Joint Degree (30 credits)

  • 24 credits in courses in the School of Education or another graduate department throughout the University and 6 COL credits, including Disability Law, and Advanced Disability Law or International Human Rights and Comparative Disability Law. All courses must be approved by the student’s SOE advisor.
  • A one-day Master’s exam completed during the final semester of the student’s coursework (generally the spring semester of the third year.) The exam is developed by the student’s SOE advisor.

School of Education Requirements for the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Disability Studies (15 credits of the 30 M.S. credits) Only law students who are pursuing the M.S./C.F.E. are eligible to receive the CAS since COL students may take only 6 non-COL credits if they are not enrolled in a joint degree program.

  • Social Policy and Disability (DSP/CFE 688 - 3 credits).
  • Disability Law (Law 763 - 3 credits)
  • 6 additional credits in disability studies courses, approved by the student’s SOE Advisor.
  • A one-day CAS exam completed during the student’s final semester of coursework (generally the spring semester of the third year.) The exam is developed by the student’s SOE advisor.
  • N.B. The same credits and exam may be used to fulfill the requirements for both the M.S. and the CAS

College of Law Certificate in Disability Law and Policy Law students may obtain the COL Certificate without pursuing a Joint Degree. Law students who enroll in the joint degree program are eligible for the COL Certificate.

  • Disability Law (Law 763 - 3 credits)
  • Advanced Disability Law (Law 809 - 3 credits) or International Human Rights and Disability Law (Law 889 - 3 credits) or completion of the writing requirement on a disability-law related topic in another course, with permission of the Director.
  • Students are also encouraged to take at one or two disability studies graduate courses outside of the College of Law (3 - 6 credits)
  • Disability Rights Clinic (12 credits) or Externship at a placement that provides experience in disability law (credits vary).
  • Three elective COL courses (from a list of courses, that is subject to change)