Joint Degree in Law and Disability Studies (J.D./M.S.Ed)

The J.D./M.S.Ed. with a concentration and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Disability Studies from the Cultural Foundations of Education program at the School of Education is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to obtain both a law degree and a masters in education in just three years.

Students accepted into the College of Law complete their first year of law school and apply to the joint degree program through the School of Education in the early spring of their first year of law school. Students must be in good academic standing in the law school to be considered for the joint degree program. Upon acceptance into the joint degree program, students may begin taking any combination of law and graduate classes, including summer classes offered by both the College of Law and the School of Education, as well as courses offered by other colleges at Syracuse University such as the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, College of Human Services and Health Professions, and The College of Arts and Sciences. 

After students complete their first year of required courses in the law school, both the College of Law and the School of Education have few required classes for the joint degree program. Students work closely with professors in the College of Law as well as the School of Education to tailor the degree program to meet each student’s specific interest in disability law, policy and education. Students are encouraged to take classes in other schools and departments on campus that offer classes related to Disability Studies, policy, and law. 

For more information contact Professor Arlene Kanter  kantera@law.syr.edu