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, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Dorothy Brown, professor of law, Emory Law School
  • Devon Carbado, professor of law and former vice dean of the faculty, UCLA School of Law
  • Adrienne Davis, professor of law and vice provost at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Mari Matsuda, professor of law, University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law

The following courses have recently been offered, or will be offered in the current academic year. Numbers in parentheses indicate which academic year(s) the courses were offered, i.e., 2018-19 is coded (19), 2019-20 is coded (20) and 2020-21 is coded (21). (SC) stands for short course and (YR) stands for yearlong.

Courses and Seminars

Civil Rights Litigation (19,20,21)
The Civil War and the Constitution (20)
Criminal Adjudication (19,21)
Criminal Investigation (19,20,21)
Criminal Procedure Survey (19,20,21)
Critical Race Theory (20)
Critical Race Theory (SC) (19)
Education Law Survey (19,20,21)
Employment Discrimination (19,20,21)
Family Law (19,20,21)
Immigration Law (19,20)
Immigration Law and Policy: Business and Family (21)
International Human Rights Law (19,20,21)
Land Use Law (19,20,21)
Latinos and the Law (21)
Law of Place and Place of Law (21)
Law, Inequality and Education Reform (20,21)
Legal History of U.S. Civil Rights Movement (20)
Native American Law (21)
Poverty in Law, Literature and Culture (19,20,21)
Race and Criminal Justice (20,21)
Race, Education and Opportunity (20,21)
Race, Law and Democracy (21)
Race, Law and the Southern City (20)
Racial Ambiguity Blues (21)
Racial Justice and Law (19,20,21)
Reproductive Rights and Justice (21)
Social Science in Law (19,20,21)
Urban Law and Policy (19,20)


Civil Rights Clinic (YR) (19,20,21)
International Human Rights Law Clinic (YR) (19,20,21)

Michael Doran