601.568. Law and Inequality Pilot
(First Year Elective Course)
United States criminal and civil legal systems have created and maintained doctrines and procedural rules that discriminate against Black people, Indigenous communities, people of color, women, immigrants, and other marginalized communities. Understanding pervasive structural inequality and persistent racism, and the law’s role in perpetuating these conditions, is essential to lawyer competency. Faculty teaching this small section class will select and publish a particular topic related to inequality as a focus for their respective class section. Topics may include property, the criminal legal system, reproductive justice, education, citizenship and immigration, international law, technology or other topics. Faculty may employ a variety of educational modalities, including readings, reflective writings, discussion, inter-disciplinary materials, visits to historical sites, guest lectures, exercises and other activities. Assigned materials will invite students to reflect on issues of racial justice, structural inequality, identity, cultural context and cultural competency among other topics. Class assignments and activities will encourage the development of anti-racist and critical perspectives on legal doctrine, procedural rules and justice system outcomes.