ARCH Disability Law Centre legal aid clinic develops unique hands-on disability law course
Posted on: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Toronto – The ARCH Disability Law Centre has finalized the development of an innovative hands-on Disability Law Intensive program. The new program will be added to York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School curriculum, commencing in the 2013/14 academic year.
Developed in partnership with Osgoode, the ARCH program will be the first in Canada to provide student lawyers with opportunities to interact with persons with disabilities and advocate on their behalf.
The Disability Law Intensive program focuses on those areas of the law that affect people with disabilities. It includes a skills training week at ARCH, clinical placements under the tutelage of ARCH lawyers, academic seminars at Osgoode, and a major research paper.
It also provides students with the opportunity to build their interviewing, case management, negotiating, written and oral advocacy skills by handling cases in one of ARCH’s priority areas – attendant services.
Co-directors of the program are Osgoode professor Roxanne Mykitiuk and Marian MacGregor, an adjunct faculty member and director of Osgoode's Community and Legal Aid Services Program and member of the ARCH Board of Directors.
The Osgoode Faculty Council approved the Disability Law Intensive program for second- and third-year law students on Dec. 3, 2012 – the International Day of Disabled Persons. Up to 12 students are expected to enroll during the 2013/14 academic year. Those who complete the program successfully will earn 15 credits toward their Juris Doctorate.