Disability Law Intensive Program

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The Disability Law Intensive (DLI) is a unique opportunity for students at Osgoode Hall Law School to engage in the practice and study of disability. This innovative Program combines Osgoode’s expertise in disability law with the experience and knowledge of ARCH Disability Law Centre, an internationally recognized leader in disability law. A key aim of the program is to educate lawyers with the knowledge, skills, passion, sensitivity, and commitment to advance disability rights and equality in the future.

What You Will Do

Through a seminar that meets in alternate weeks throughout the year, and a part-time (two days/week) clinical placement at ARCH Disability Law Centre that runs through both the fall and winter semesters, you will be involved in individual client advocacy, community education, and systemic law and policy-based reform and advocacy. Unique to this Program, under the supervision of leaders in the field of disability rights, you will spend one semester focusing exclusively on traditional client advocacy and the other semester on systemic law and policy reform, which ARCH undertakes in partnership with disability organizations throughout Ontario. This division will allow you to concentrate on two very different but connected forms of disability related advocacy. In the past, students have had the opportunity to work on Supreme Court of Canada interventions, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario applications and mediations, class actions, and test case litigation.

What You Will Learn

  • to be critically self-aware and challenge your own assumptions about people with disabilities
  • foundational lawyering skills of interviewing, negotiation, advocacy, collaboration, and time management
  • insight into real issues that are faced by people with disabilities
  • law reform and policy based advocacy skills to challenge the exclusion of persons with disabilities
  • theories of disability
  • to incorporate multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives in understanding the legal issues encountered by people with disabilitiesthe distinctive access to justice issues faced by people with disabilities
  • a deeper understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of lawyers

Program Director

Professor Roxanne Mykitiuk