Law 316 - Disability Law
Disability Law is a survey course providing an introduction to areas of
domestic law and policy that address the rights, needs, and treatment of
persons with disabilities. The course focuses on three major pieces of
legislation: the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act, and the Fair Housing Act. In addition to addressing
such basic principles of disability rights law as the definition of disability
and the concept of reasonable accommodation, the course incorporates critical
theory from law and related disciplines to explore the politics, experience,
and social conception of disability; the intersection of disability with
aspects of identity, including race and class; and the differences in
legislative treatment of these various ways that people differ.
At the end of this course, students will have practiced and should be able to do the following:
1) advise a client on the application of the major statutes covered in the class to a real-world situation, to assist in identification of potential requirements of law;
2) interpret and apply caselaw covered in the class to predict how a court might resolve a dispute over application of these major statutes to a real-world situation; and
3) discuss the conceptions of disability that underlie these major statutes and identify their potential virtues and limitations.