LAW B 599
A working knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 as they apply to public school age children.
Strategies for formal and informal dispute resolution, including the special education due process hearings, State Education Agency and Office of Civil Rights complaint procedures, school discipline hearings, and school-level individualized education planning meetings.
An understanding of the array of the professional medical, mental health, and other health disciplines that support evaluation and services for students with disabilities.
A grounding in the ethical and practice issues arising out of a lawyer’s role in special education cases.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
We will utilize an interactive lecture method. We will work with a hypothetical fact pattern that will encompass all the topics addressed in the course.
Read all the assignments for each class. There will be seven or eight distinct topic areas all related to special education issues.
Class assignments and grading
Most assignments will require reading cases, regulations and articles about special education law and advocacy. Written problems based on the hypothetical fact pattern will be assigned each week.
To pass the class you will need to write a paper, make an oral presentation defending the paper and participate in class discussion.