About Disability Law and Policy

At Syracuse Law, we firmly believe in the power of the law to effect positive change in society, and few areas exemplify this more than disability law. It is a field that touches the lives of millions, ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal access to opportunities, resources, and justice. Broaden your understanding of how disability intersects with various legal areas and prepare for a career in federal and state government offices, private firms, and public interest organizations focused on disability law, education, employment, civil rights, and international human rights.

About the Disability Law and Policy Program

Joint Degree

J.D./Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education with an Optional Certificate in Disability Studies

This joint degree program offers students the opportunity to earn a J.D. and M.S. in Education, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Disability Studies, which is a New York State-approved certificate and concentration. Disability Studies applies legal, social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability in society, and this joint degree, with its concentration in Disability Studies, was the first such degree in the nation. Joint degree students enroll in selected courses with the School of Education, which is ranked among the best education graduate schools in the country, and its Special Education and Cultural Foundations in Education Programs are consistently ranked within the top 10 nationwide. Graduates are prepared for disability law and policy jobs in federal and state government, community service agencies, advocacy organizations, school districts, and law firms specializing in disability and/or education law. Students are able to complete the J.D. and M.S. in three years.

Engineering and Computer Science Admissions

Clinics, Centers and Institutes

Student Groups and Journals

  • Disability Law Society

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