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June 8, 2006

Disability law program established

It is estimated that close to 20 percent of the U.S. population, nearly 54 million people, have a disability. Pitt’s School of Law has developed a certificate in disability legal studies program to address the needs of these individuals and those who work with them.

“Disability law pervades so many areas of life that it is essential to provide legal training to all of those professionals who are affected by it so that they may incorporate it into their professional practice,” said Alan Meisel, professor of law and psychiatry, Dickie, McCamey and Chilcote Professor of Bioethics, and director of the new certificate program.

The 15-credit program is geared for a wide variety of professionals, including administrators, educators, health practitioners, advocates, social workers, architects, city planners, attorneys, business leaders and human resource directors.

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