We created the Law and Inequality course because understanding pervasive structural inequality and persistent racism, and the law’s role in perpetuating these conditions is essential to lawyer competency. As an institution, we believe it is our obligation to equip students with the tools to effectuate change and to make those tools available to students in the first year of their studies.
The course will be taught in small sections by faculty who have selected a focal topic for the section, such as property, the criminal justice system, reproductive justice, education, citizenship and immigration, international law, technology or other topics. Faculty will employ a variety of educational modalities to engage students, including readings, reflective writings, discussion, inter-disciplinary materials, visits to historical sites, guest lectures, exercises and other activities to help bring the coursework alive. Assigned materials will invite students to reflect on issues of racial justice, structural inequality, identity, cultural context and cultural competency among other topics.
This experience is purely optional and does award credit that may be counted toward graduation. Several sections will be offered throughout the academic year, but students may only take the course once! View the informational meeting and documents below to learn more.