February 21, 2020


Saint Louis University School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Services
Saint Louis University School of Law
Shannon Morse
Assistant Dean for Student Activities & Leadership
(314) 977.2728


Disability Services

Clinical Program

In the Civil Advocacy Clinic, students may work on public interest policy matters surrounding state health regulations  that are disproportionately detrimental to individuals with disabilities. Examples of these include challenges to state changes in Medicaid services and representation of blind clients in seeking unpaid state pension monies. 

Other Information

SLU offers the following courses focusing on disability or mental health law: Disability Law; Educating Children with Disabilities; Bioethics and the Law; Psychiatry and the Law;  and Forensic Psychiatry in the Law. 

A course is offered on Education Law that includes content on the IDEIA, ADA and Rehab Act as they apply to education.  We also introduced a seminar on political, social and legal issues in higher education that includes an opportunity for students to explore disability issues as they impact higher education. 


University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Rafael Gely
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
232 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Denise Boessen, Law School Registrar


Externship Program

We have a general externship course in which students can choose placements in disability-related settings. In the past, we have placed externs with the Assistant General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel of the Missouri Department of Mental Health in St. Louis and Jefferson City, respectively. In past years, we have placed externs with the University of Missouri ADA Coordinator.

Other Information

Courses: Disability Law; Elder Law; Mental Disability and the Law

Career Development: The Career Development Office advises students with disabilities in regard to career programs of interest to such students (e.g., the annual IMPACT Career Fair).


University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Ashley Swanson-Hoye
Director of Student Services
(816) 235-1654



Other Information

The following elective courses are offered regularly to broaden law students' knowledge and experience in disability law. Both courses are taught by Professor William Dittmeier, U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, bill.dittmeier@ed.gov.

Disabilities and the Law is an interdisciplinary study of the law relating to persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, education and access to transportation, health, welfare and social services to provide an understanding of how the law affects individuals with disabilities and public and private entities. Legislation considered includes the American with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act and the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1974. The enrollment of graduate students from other disciplines, such as education, business, and health sciences is encouraged to allow for interdisciplinary discussion of the topics involved.

Leadership in Disability Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach is an overview of the history of disability issues, with some individualized perspectives of persons with disabilities, the rationale for interdisciplinary approaches regarding disability studies, and opportunities for leadership development with regard to disability issues. The students will participate in a forum that encourages reflection, exchange of ideas, interaction with persons with disabilities and persons from various fields of study, and case analysis. After an orientation to the study of disabilities, various aspects of community membership for persons with disabilities will be addressed, particularly with regard to the workplace, the neighborhood and the home. Emphasis will be placed on vital leadership roles that facilitate community membership and contribution of persons with disabilities to society.


Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning
Washington University St. Louis
Campus Box 1135
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-4153