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.
Careers in Disability Law & Policy
J.D./M.S.Ed. Joint Degree or Disability Law and Policy Certificate recipients are prepared to play leadership roles in such settings as:
- Civil rights and children’s rights organizations
- Community service agencies
- Federal, state and local government agencies
- International human rights and non-governmental organizations
- Labor organizations
- Law firms and public interest law offices
- National policy or advocacy organizations
- School districts
The Disability Law and Policy Program offers career advising to all students interested in pursuing careers in disability law and policy and maintains a Job Binder: A Guide to Disability Rights Legal Jobs, which contains information about government agencies and non-profit organizations, fellowship opportunities, internships and a listing of many attorneys who specialize in disability rights law.