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Joint Degree in Law & Education / Disability Studies

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The joint degree program in Law and Education, with a concentration in Disability Studies, offers students the opportunity to earn a J.D. and M.S. in Education in three years instead of the four necessary to earn both degrees independently. No additional law school requirements are necessary for this joint degree. Eligible joint degree students may also earn a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Disability Studies from the School of Education, which is a New York State-approved concentration, and/or a Certificate in Disability Law and Policy from the College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program. Disability Studies is a new and emerging interdisciplinary field that applies legal, social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability in society. This joint degree program, established in 2003, is the first such degree program in the nation.
In 1996, SU also became the first American university to offer a graduate program in Disability Studies, and the only one with a law school component. Joint degree students enroll in selected courses with the School of Education, which is ranked among the best education graduate schools in the country; its Special Education and Cultural Foundations in Education Programs are consistently ranked within the top ten nationwide. Law students who graduate with the J.D./M.S. in Law and Education are prepared to play leadership roles in the field of disability law and policy, and education law in such settings as federal and state government agencies, community service agencies, advocacy organizations, public interest organizations, legal services offices, school districts, and law firms specializing in disability and/or education law.