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Special Education Law Seminar

This course will examine advocacy for educational equity for children with disabilities through an analysis of the development of special education litigation and legislation. The course will also focus on the policy considerations behind federal and state special education law and how law shapes educational practice in schools. We will review current issues impacting the education of children with disabilities, particularly in New York City, including the New York City Department of Education's special education reform, school discipline procedures, and challenges faced by children with disabilities in the city's public schools. We will also discuss the special education law practice including: filing a claim, representation of both parents and school districts, procedures at due process hearings, and remedies. Over the course of the semester, students will also gain practical advocacy and litigation skills through in-class exercises and assignments. These will include a mock client interview, drafting a special education due process complaint, and questioning a witness during a mock hearing.

Letter grade only Evaluation Method: Final exam or paper in lieu of exam which may be used to satisfy the upperclass writing requirement. Additionally, students' grades will include assessments of skills-based assignments.