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Disability Rights Clinic

Professor SchwartzThe Disability Rights Clinic, part of the Office of Clinical Legal Education, assists individuals with disabilities who are denied their rights because of their disability.  The Clinic also helps advocacy groups representing the disabled community.  DRC student attorneys practice in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a broad range of disability matters, including employment, access to government services and places of public accommodation, and prisoner rights.

What to expect

DRC is a two semester, six credit clinic.  Students spend 20-25 hours per week on their cases and other clinic-related work.  Professional Responsibility and Disability Law are co- or pre-requisites. In addition to representing clients in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings, students engage in advocacy for policies, practices, and procedures that benefit people with disabilities.

In the classroom

The DRC offers students the opportunity to learn about federal disability law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, prison litigation, and federal civil procedure rules.