Mental disability law is one of the most rapidly growing, and least understood, areas of the law. Interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Patients’ Bills of Rights, and of terms such as “dangerousness”, “risk assessment” and “the least restrictive alternative”, are confounding mental health and legal professionals. Issues regarding the civil rights of homeless persons, sexually violent predators, outpatient commitment, and persons committed to institutions are hotly debated in courts and communities alike. All aspects of the criminal law as it applies to persons with mental disabilities are constantly being reinterpreted. Attorneys representing persons with mental disabilities as well as expert witnesses and advocates must master complex skills. And the relationship between mental disability law and human rights law--both in the U.S. and around the world--is now being subjected to intense scrutiny.
That's why New York Law School has created the Online Mental Disability Law Program for those professionals who work with, or on the behalf of, persons with mental disabilities or who are criminologists or criminal justice specialist, and where professionals can earn a Master of Arts degree in Mental Disability Law Studies or a Certificate in Advanced Mental Disability Law Studies or take individual courses.
Designed and taught by world-renowned expert Professor Michael L. Perlin, this array of semester-long courses provides the most up-to-date information and interpretation of the civil, criminal, and constitutional law regarding the rights of persons with mental disabilities, delivered directly to you through the convenience of online learning.
Now New York Law School offers an array of thirteen
online courses: Survey of Mental Disability Law; The
Americans with Disabilities Act: Law, Policy and Practice; International
Human Rights and Mental Disability Law; Advocacy Skills in Cases
Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities: The Role of Lawyers and Expert
Witnesses; Mental Health Issues in Jails and Prisons; Sex
Offenders; Therapeutic Jurisprudence; Forensic Reports,
the Role of Experts and Forensic Ethics; Mental Illness,
Dangerousness, the Police Power and Risk Assessment; Mental
Disability and Criminal Law; Custody Evaluations, Juvenile and Family
Law, and Mental Disability; Race, Gender, Class and
Mental Disability; and Trauma and Mental Disability.
New York Law School's dynamic evening program has served the "after-work" learner for over a century. Experienced in providing legal education for busy professionals, the School utilizes cutting-edge online learning technologies to enable students to conveniently obtain the knowledge and skills critical to career advancement.
Unique in its depth and scope, Mental Disability Law will help to enhance your professional status and legal literacy. This program will be an indispensable part of your career if you are a:
Expand your practice, or enhance your value to your
Mental health and legal professionals need to understand the complexities of mental disability law and the necessity of staying up-to-date with the latest interpretations of constitutional and statutory rights of persons with mental disabilities. Upon completion of this in-depth program, you will be able to:
Better represent your clients with mental disabilities in courts, in institutions, and in community settings.
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For more information, please contact:
Liane J. Bass, Esq.
Online Mental Disability Law Program
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Meet the faculty and learn how our graduate programs can serve your career goals. Please RSVP to Jill Rodgers at Jill.Rodgers@nyls.edu or 212.431.2848. Full or part-time study.
M.A./Certificate in Mental Disability Law Studies
Upcoming sessions will be posted in the future.
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