LAW7900 - Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities

LAW7900 - Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Course Number: 

7900

Type: 

Seminar

Credits: 

3

Prerequisite(s):

none

Focuses on a rapidly growing and changing aspect of law. The course begins by exploring the meaning of "qualified individual with a disability" under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and by exploring theories of disability discrimination under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act including individual disparate treatment, failing to provide reasonable accommodations, and discriminatory qualifications standards. The course then considers discrimination in post-secondary education under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act as well as the prohibition of discrimination in the provision of programs and services by state and municipal governments. Accessibility requirements also are addressed. Additional topics which may be covered depending on student interest include the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, insurance, and the rights of newborns with disabilities. Fundamentals of statutory construction, litigation strategy, and statistical methods of proof are emphasized. Numerous unresolved legal issues are addressed throughout the course. All students are required to write a substantial paper. The required paper qualifies for upper class writing credit.