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Disability Law and Policy Certificate for Class of 2013

Program Description

The Disability Law and Policy Program Certificate recognizes students who have taken a concentration of courses in the new and expanding field of disability law and policy. This certificate program attracts students interested in a career in disability law as well as students with experience or interest in disability and related areas of law such as civil rights law, children's rights, labor and employment law, and international human rights.

Obtaining the Certificate

Students interested in obtaining the Disability Law and Policy Program Certificate apply at the beginning of the applicant's last semester of law school. Students must complete the Certificate Application and attach an unofficial transcript as well as a copy of their paper satisfying the writing requirement. Students who have met all the requirements and are in good academic standing at the College of Law will be granted the Certificate.

Certificate Requirements

In addition to the first year courses, students must satisfactorily complete at least 15 credit hours of study, including two required courses (6 credits) and electives (at least 9 credits). Students must receive a B or better in the two required courses. Since Disability Law is a multidisciplinary field, students seeking the Certificate also are encouraged to enroll in disability-related courses at other colleges within the University. All such courses are subject to approval by the Director.

A. Required Courses

  • Disability Law
  • One of the following courses:
    • Advanced Disability Law
    • International and Comparative Disability Law

B. Elective Courses

  • An approved graduate level Disability Studies course in another college, or a College of Law course that is cross-listed
  • At least two of the following

    [Please note that the following list is subject to change as COL course offerings change from year to year.]
    • Administrative Law
    • Advanced Constitutional Law o Advanced Disability Law (if not counted as a required course)
    • Advanced Legal Research
    • Alternate Dispute Resolution
    • Bioethics/ Genetics and the Law
    • Children and the Law
    • Civil Rights
    • Decedent’s Estates and Trusts Page 10 of 29
    • The Disability Rights Clinic
    • Education Law o Elder Law
    • Employment Law
    • Employment Discrimination Law
    • Externship at a disability-law related placement
    • Family Law
    • Federal Courts
    • Health Law
    • Housing Law
    • International and Comparative Disability Law (if not counted as a required course)
    • Lawyer as Negotiator
    • Lawyering Skills
    • Poverty Law
    • Race and the Law

C. Capstone Project

The capstone requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in one of the following:

  • Advanced Disability Law
  • International and Comparative Disability Law
  • The Disability Rights Clinic
  • An approved externship at a disability-law related placement (e.g. Legal Services of Central New York, Disability Law Section).

D. Certificate Writing Requirement

Students must complete the College of Law writing requirement on a disabilitylaw related topic, with prior approval by the Director.

Other Provisions

A. Program Director

The director of the Disability Law and Policy Certificate Program is Professor Arlene Kanter.

B. Obtaining the Certificate in Disability Law and Policy

Students interested in obtaining the Certificate in Disability Law and Policy should apply at the beginning of the applicant’s last semester of law school. The Director will recommend granting the DLPP Certificate to all students who have met the requirements for the Certificate, and who are in good academic standing at the College of Law. There is no limit on the number of students who may receive the Certificate in Disability Law and Policy. Students who receive a Joint Page 11 of 29 Degree, another College of Law Certificate or the Certificate in Disability Studies from the School of Education, are also eligible for the Certificate in Disability Law and Policy.

C. Academic Programs and Co-curricular Activities

In addition to working towards the Certificate in Disability Law and Policy, interested 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 or the Joint Degree in Law and Social Work.