February 21, 2020

New York

Albany Law School

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Andrea Irizarry
Associate Director of Academic and Student Programs

Office of Student Affairs
(518) 445-3235


Other Information

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students
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Brooklyn Law School

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Student Affairs
Jennifer Lang
(718) 780-0679


Student Organizations

Disability Advocacy Law Student Association (DALSA) is a student group that promotes disability inclusion, awareness, and advocacy at the intersection of life and law.


Disability and Civil Rights Clinic

City University of New York School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Patricia Kennedy
Director of Student Services and Disabilities Coordinator
Office of Student Affairs, Room 105E
(718) 640-4380



The Health Law Concentration includes courses in Disability Law and Public Health Law. 


Columbia University School of Law (New York City)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Yadira Ramos-Herbert
Dean of Students


Other Information

The school has two courses specifically on disability law; a Seminar on Aging and Disability Law, and a Seminar on Mental Health Law.

Cornell Law School (Ithaca)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Student Disability Services
Cornell University, 420 CCC
Garden Ave. Ext.
Ithaca, NY 14853-6601
(607) 254-4545
Fax (607) 255-1562
General email: sds_cu@cornell.edu



Fordham University School of Law (New York City)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Abel P. Montez, Esq., Director of Student Affairs
Fordham University School of Law
Office of Student Affairs
140 West 62nd Street
Room 06 (Garden Level)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-7955


Fordham University Office of Disability Services:

Other Information

Courses: Disability Law; Disability Law: Long Term Illnesses; Antidiscrimination Law; Employment Discrimination Law; Neuroscience, Civil Rights, and Disability Law

Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law (Hempstead)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Affairs
Law School, Room 203
(516) 463-5771

Services for Students with Disabilities
Hofstra University, 212 Memorial Hall
(516) 463-7075 (phone)
(516) 463-7070 (fax)


Clinical Program

Each of our clinics are prepared and do represent individuals with disabilities in a variety of matters, including child advocacy, criminal justice, and political asylum. For more information contact: Jennifer A. Gundlach, Director of Clinical Programs, (516) 463-4736, lawtsl@hofstra.edu

Externship Program

We have a number of students who obtain externship placements at organizations that provide direct representation or engage in policy work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. For more information, contact: Vernadette Horne, Director of Career Services, (516) 463-5387, lawvhh@hofstra.edu

Other Information

Classes that address diability law and issues include: Disability Law; Special Education Law; Elder Law; Employment Discrimination Law; Law & Psychiatry; Law & Medicine: Cooperative Professionalism; Anti-Discrimination Law; Legal Decision-Making for Children & Incompetent Adults; and Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System.


New York Law School

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Sally Harding
Senior Director, Office of Student Life
New York Law School
(212) 431-2319


Clinical Program

The New York Law School Lawyering Skills Center’s clinical program includes two clinics that involve the practice of disability law and the rights of people with disabilities.

Other Information

New York Law School offers a wide range of courses dealing with mental disability law. In addition to a survey course on mental disability law, classes look at this area of law and how it relates to criminal law; guardianship; estate planning; the Americans with Disabilities Act and international human rights. Most of the coursework in this program is done in an online learning environment. Students may enroll in these courses, not to exceed the number of on-line credits permitted by the American Bar Association. New York Law School also offers both a Master of Arts degree and an Advanced Certificate in Mental Disability Law Studies. These programs are open to individuals with or without a JD. A thesis is required as a capstone experience in the masters degree. A limited number of credits may be counted toward both the JD and the MA for students completing the JD first. Students interested in this program should contact either Professor Michael Perlin, the Program Director at michael.perlin@nyls.edu or Ms. Liane Bass, Senior Administrator, Online Mental Disability Law Program at Liane.Bass@nyls.edu

The Justice Action Center provides other opportunities to students who are interested in Mental Disability Law. New York Law School faculty and students are brought together in an ongoing critical evaluation of public interest lawyering. Through scholarship and fieldwork, JAC seeks to evaluate the efficacy of law as an agent of change and social betterment. JAC fosters collaborative efforts by faculty and students to engage the specific problems presented in an array of fields including Mental Disability Law. In addition to a focused curriculum, symposia, and research opportunities, students have the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the field of cause lawyering through externships, clinics, and workshops. Professor Richard Marsico, the director of the Justice Action Center, can be reached at rmarsico@nyls.edu or 212-431-2180.


New York University School of Law (New York City)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Affairs
245 Sullivan Street Ste 474
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998.6658


Moses Center - Center for Students with Disabilities

726 Broadway, 2nd Floor,
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-4980
Fax (212) 995-4114


Student Organization

Disability Allied Law Students Association (DALSA)

DALSA is NYU Law's affinity group for people with disabilities and their allies. The focus of our group is on all disabilities including physical disabilities, mental health, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, communication disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other impairments that substantially limit major life activities. Our approach is intersectional and inclusive of the varied experiences that people with disabilities have based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, visibility of disability, religion, immigration status, ability, and class. Our goal is to go beyond a medical diagnosis model of disability to consider the different social experiences of people with disabilities and how that relates to the practice and study of the law. DALSA works independently and in collaboration with other student groups to provide programming to educate the law school community about how disability is experienced by different groups of people and how that experience is shaped by the law. DALSA aims to amplify the awareness of and people with disabilities in all areas of the law.

Other Information

The Office for Student Affairs provides support and assistance with all issues related to student life. In partnership with the Offices of Academic Affairs, Residential Life and the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities, Student Affairs coordinates reasonable accommodations for NYU Law students.
The Mental Disability Law Seminar considers the rights of people with mental disabilities in institutional and community settings and explore legal, ethical and policy issues involving professional expertise, predictions of future dangerous behavior, involuntary commitment, the right to treatment, the right to refuse treatment, and medical decision making for incompetent and once-competent individuals (Cruzan, et al). Students will examine the development of case law, statutes and the social policies and values underlying them, re-argue a Supreme Court case involving the death penalty, and attend a commitment hearing.

Pace University School of Law (White Plains)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Dean for Students, Angela D’Agostino
Aloysia Hall, 1st floor
(914) 422-4136


Elisse M. Geberth, Coordinator of Disability Services
Counseling Center in the Administration Center
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, New York 10570
(914) 773-3710

Stephanie Chow
Assistant Director of Student Services, 
Aloysia Hall, 1st floor
(914) 422-4233

Clinical Program

The Equal Justice America Disability Rights Clinic is a two semester client representation clinic. As authorized by a Student Practice Order and under faculty supervision, students enrolled in the clinic represent persons with disabilities and their families in a range of litigation and transactional matters including appeals of denials of government benefits, special education advocacy, guardianship and special needs trusts.

Other Information

Health Law Externship: Students may be placed with not-for-profit organizations, legal services or government offices whose work involves the rights of people with disabilities.


St. John's University School of Law (Jamaica)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Katherine Sullivan
Senior Assistant Dean for Students

Jackie Lochrie
Director of Student Services

Larry Cunningham
Associate Dean For Student Services
(718) 990-7616

Student Organization

Disability Rights Society
Alexander R.J. Thompson, President

Clinical Program

In the Child Advocacy's Special Education Externship students represent children and their guardians in New York City Department of Education administrative special education hearings involving the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students conduct client interviews, engage in factual and legal research, consult with experts, negotiate settlements, make court appearances, review documents (e.g. IEPs, school, and mental health records) and where appropriate, conduct administrative hearings. The majority of externship work is performed at non-profit organizations which specialize in special education issues.


Syracuse University College of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Life
Suite 444, E.I. White Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244


Syracuse University
Office of Disability Services
804 University Avenue Room 309
Syracuse, NY 13244-2330
(315) 443-4498
TDD (315) 443-1371

Student Organization

Disability Law Society
An organization of students who work to create and support a positive climate toward disability that values individual differences. It is the sister organization of the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC), a group created by graduate students in the School of Education.

Arlene Kanter, kantera@law.syr.edu

Clinical Program

The Disability Rights Clinic is dedicated to providing representation to individuals and groups representing the disabled community who are unable to secure representation elsewhere. The clinic seeks to represent those who cannot afford private counsel. DRC student attorneys practice in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in a broad range of disability matters, including Social Security benefits, special education hearings and accessibility under federal and state laws.

Other Information

The Disability Law and Policy (DLP) Program offers students the opportunity to gain experience and expertise in the practice of disability law while still in law school. The DLP Program is part of the new Syracuse University Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies (CHPLDS). Joint Degree in Law and Education with a Concentration in Disability Studies: In Spring 2003, Syracuse University introduced the nation's first joint degree in law and education with a concentration in Disability Studies. This joint degree program is unique and offers students the opportunity to obtain both a law degree and a Masters in education with a concentration in Disability Studies in just three years. Joint Degree in Law and Social Work. The JD/MSW is a collaboration between the School of Social Work of the College of Human Services and Health Professionals and the College of Law. It allows students to obtain a law degree and a Masters degree in social work in three years. Disability Law and Policy Certificate: The Certificate in Disability Law and Policy recognizes students who have taken a concentration of courses in the new and expanding field of disability law and policy.


Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (Central Islip)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Charlotte D. Taylor
Assistant Dean for Student Services
Touro Law Center Campus
225 Eastview Drive, Room 302
Central Islip, NY 11722
(631) 761-7051


Clinical Program

Civil Rights Litigation Clinic: William Brooks, Professor, 631-761-7086, williamb@tourolaw.edu and Marianne Artusio, Clinic Director, 631-761-7090, mariannea@tourolaw.edu. The Civil Rights Litigation Clinic offers hands-on experience litigating civil rights claims in both state and federal courts providing protection and advocacy for those who have been diagnosed as mentally ill. The clinic represents current and former residents of psychiatric facilities, enforcing significant constitutional and statutory rights, in areas such as forced treatment, abuse and neglect, unlawful confinement, civil commitment, and discharge planning.

Other Information

We have a student mentoring program called Students Helping Students (SHS) and a workshop/awareness program for all first year law students. These programs introduce students to resources for stress management, including the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) and other resources for those who need assistance with mental health issues such as depression, etc. We also have a counselor in residence who is available to meet with any student privately and confidentially to assist with any non-academic problems or issues, including those with mental health needs.

University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York (SUNY)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Melinda R. Saran
Vice Dean for Student Affairs
314 O'Brian Hall
University at Buffalo Law School
Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 645-6223
TTY: (716) 645-3889
Fax (716) 645-5940


Accessibility Resources
University of Buffalo
25 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1632
(716) 645-2608
TTY: (716) 645-2616

Clinical Program

The William and Mary Foster Elder Law Clinic provides services through a working agreement with the law firm Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled, or Disadvantaged of Western New York. The primary issue the Clinic addresses is access to, and payment for, long term care which is a critical program for many individuals who are disabled and/or olderly.

Externship Programs

Externship Program - Prof. Lise Gelernter, gelernt@buffalo.edu, (716) 645-5540
Volunteer Lawyers Project externship - Representing People Livings with HIV/AIDS
Empire Justice Center externship - Social Security Disability, Civil and Disability Rights, Special Education
Social Security Judicial Clerkship - clerking for a judge in Federal District Court to assist with Social Security cases (primarily disability cases)

Other Information

Courses (all taught by adjuncts): 
Social Security Disability taught by adjunct instructor Catherine Callery (KCallery@empirejustice.org); Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System - Buffalo City Court and Acting Erie County Family Court Judge E. Jeanette Ogden (eogden@courts.state.ny.us); Representing the Elderly and Disabled - Lisa Allen, Esq. (lallen@harrisbeach.com); Education Law (including special education) - Andrew Freedman, Esq. (afreedman@hodgsonruss.com); Legal Profession and Ethics - covers working with clients with disabilities and conflicts of interest when a client or client group includes a person whose competence may be an issue, Melinda Saran (saran@buffalo.edu).


Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York City)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Services
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1043
New York, NY 10003
(212) 790-0429
Fax (212) 790-0448


Clinical Program

Cardozo Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic. Students staffing this year-long, intensive clinic represent disabled and elderly clients on actual cases under close supervision of practicing lawyers on the Cardozo clinical faculty. The Clinic represents individuals in a variety of matters, including government benefits, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer problems and drafting wills. In accordance with the student practice rules of the courts, students litigate cases before state and federal administrative agencies and courts, and handle all other aspects of their cases including interviewing and counseling clients, legal research, writing briefs and negotiating with their adversaries. Students also participate in a weekly program of instruction as to lawyering skills essential to the work of the clinic and practice of law in general, and ethical issues that arise in the context of client advocacy.

Guardianship Clinic and Seminar. Students at this in-house clinic work on cases representing individuals seeking or opposing guardianships and providing legal representation to guardians navigating the problems of assisting their wards. In addition to individual representation, the clinic also has a “law reform” agenda, and seeks through litigation and other advocacy to get systemic reform. Students in the clinic have an opportunity to interview clients and witnesses, do fact investigations and legal research, draft documents and appear in court proceedings. The seminar accompanying the clinic provides an intensive introduction to guardianship law, followed by classes addressing some of the legal problems faced by older and disabled clients. The seminar also covers strategies for law reform.

Contact information: Toby Golick, tgolick@yu.edu

Externship Program

Special Education Law and Advocacy Field Clinic. This seminar combines classroom study of the history and practice of special education law with hands-on involvement representing parents of children with disabilities in special education cases. Students work at Advocates for Children and collaborating organizations which provide free legal services to low-income families. In their fieldwork, students participate in the representation of families seeking appropriate educational services and placement, and assist with or advocate at administrative hearings. These hearings involve legal research, opening statements, direct and cross examination, and closing statements.

The seminar surveys key topics in special education law, and includes a review of the history of special education and its legal framework in New York City, relevant statutes, regulations, and case law. Students practice the skills involved in representing a family seeking services and placement. They also address the policy-level and practical aspects of the system for students with disabilities and for school districts responsible for providing education services.

Other Information

The Office of Student Services assists students with disabilities in obtaining reasonable accommodations at the Law School, and provides information on helpful outside organizations and resources. In addition, Cardozo participates in the IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities, providing assistance and funding to our students.