Disability Law and Policy Program

Professor Arlene Kanter with LL.M. alumni in Kenya in 2017.
Professor Kanter in Kenya, 2017.

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.

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: read more here.