Center for the Study of Race and Law

Center for the Study of Race and Law

Center for the Study of Race and Law

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Virginia offers courses in civil rights and anti-discrimination law, but equally important is a wide array of courses in constitutional law and history. These offerings reflect the ways in which the struggle for civil rights shaped — and continues to shape — our country and institutions.

Each year the Center for the Study of Race and Law brings a visiting professor to teach a short course. Past visitors include:

  • Richard Banks, Stanford Law School
  • Dorothy Brown, Emory Law School
  • Devon Carbado, UCLA School of Law
  • Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Adrienne Davis, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Michael Klarman, Harvard Law School
  • Mari Matsuda, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law

The following is a list of courses offered during the current and two previous academic years. Numbers in parentheses indicate which academic year(s) the courses were offered, i.e., 2020-21 is coded (21), 2021-22 is coded (22) and 2022-23 is coded (23). (SC) stands for short course and (YR) stands for yearlong.

Courses and Seminars

American Legal History Seminar (23)
Asian Americans and the Law (23)
Center for Race and Law Short Course: Islam, Race and the Law in the Americas (SC) (22)
Civil Rights and Antidiscrimination Law (23)
Civil Rights Litigation (21,22,23)
Constitutional Law II: Poverty (21,22,23)
Criminal Adjudication (21,22,23)
Criminal Investigation (21,22,23)
Criminal Procedure Survey (21,22,23)
Critical Race Theory (23)
Datafication, Automation and Inequality (SC) (23)
Designing Democracy: Participation (23)
Education Law Survey (21,22,23)
Employment Discrimination (21,22,23)
Family Law (21,22,23)
Identity, Law and Politics Seminar (22)
Immigration Law (21,22,23)
Immigration Law and Policy (21,22,23)
Immigration Law and Policy: Business and Family (21,22,23)
International Human Rights Law (21,22,23)
Land Use Law (21,22,23)
Latinos and the Law (SC) (21)
Law and Inequality Colloquium (23)
Law of Place and Place of Law (21)
Law, Inequality and Education Reform (21,22)
Native American Law (21)
Parental Choice in K-12 Education (SC) (23)
Poverty in Law, Literature and Culture (21,23)
Poverty Law, Advocacy and Policy (22,23)
Race and Criminal Justice (21,22,23)
Race and Slavery on UVA’s North Grounds (23)
Race, Education and Opportunity (21,22,23)
Race, Law and Democracy (SC) (21)
Racial Ambiguity Blues (21)
Racial Justice and Law (21,22,23)
Regulation of the Political Process (21,22,23)
Reparations: Identity, Law and Politics (23)
Reproductive Rights and Justice (SC) (21)
Social Science in Law (21,22,23)
Urban Law and Policy (23)


Civil Rights Clinic (YR) (21,22,23)
International Human Rights Law Clinic (YR) (21,22,23)
Project for Informed Reform Clinic (YR) (22,23)

Michael Doran