Race and the Law

Class Unique: 28245

This course will examine historic and contemporary issues of race within American law and jurisprudence. We will scrutinize how law has been used at the state and federal level to maintain systems of oppression, perpetuate hierarchy and how it has also been used as a tool to remedy those injustices.  Critical Race Theory will be the primary lens through which we analyze the assigned materials. Through this course, students will learn substantive principles dealing with race; study the growing body of legal scholarship known as Critical Race Theory; and examine the inherent potential (and limits) of law to be used for social change.  Grades for the course will be based upon class participation, a group presentation and completion of a paper (20 page double-spaced pages, inclusive of footnotes). Students’ papers may examine any issue concerning race (citizenship, education, health care, housing, criminal justice, etc.) so long as a substantial focus of the paper is an examination of doctrinal, theoretical, and/or policy-based facets of a legal problem and corresponding solutions.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Wednesday 11:50 am - 1:05 pm TNH 3.126
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


  • Critical Race Theory: An Introduction - Delgado, R. & Stefancic, J.
      New York, NY: New York University Press , edition: 3rd
      ISBN: 978-1479802760   (required)
  • Race Law: Cases, Commentary, and Questions - Higginbotham, F. M.
      Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press , edition: 4th
      ISBN: 978-1611634662   (required)