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Claire S. Raj

Title: Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-1391

1525 Senate Street
Room 372
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: CV [pdf]
Claire S. Raj


Claire Raj is an Assistant Professor of Law with a focus on special education law.  She directs the Education Rights Clinic where third year law students assist families of children with disabilities in accessing educational services.  She also directs the Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program which brings students from four area middle schools to the law school campus to learn more about law school through a moot court competition coordinated by law student volunteers.

Before joining the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Raj coordinated the Equal Justice Program at Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC.  In that role, she directed the Externship Program, taught seminars in Public Interest Lawyering, and coordinated pro bono opportunities, including Alternative Spring Break trips to assist in post-Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans.  She also coordinated the law school’s Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a clinical program where law students taught constitutional law and juvenile justice in local public high schools.  She was previously a staff attorney with the Children’s Law Center, a non-profit in Washington, DC, where she represented children in the foster care system.


  • J.D. (2003) Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • B.A. (2000) University of Rochester

Courses Taught

  • Education Rights Clinic (LAWS 751)
  • Special Education Law Seminar (LAWS 727)
  • Interviewing Counseling & Negotiation (LAWS 771)


  • Disability, Discipline, and Illusory Student Rights, 65 UCLA L. Rev. __ (forthcoming May 2018).
  • Claire Raj, Emily Suski, Endrew F.’s Unintended Consequences, 46 J.L. & Educ. 499 (2017).
  • The Misidentification of Children with Disabilities: A Harm With No Foul, 48 Ariz. State L.J. 374 (2016).
  • The Gap Between Rights and Reality: The Intersection of Language, Disability, and Educational Opportunity, 87 Temple L. Rev. 283 (2015).