Critical Race Theory

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1540-1740
  • WB129
09/05/2022 12/05/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Initially, Critical Race Theory (CRT) emerged as an offshoot of Critical Legal Studies in the late 1970s and early 1980s to address how “race” is socially constructed and manipulated in American society. This Seminar takes an historical approach and focuses on the nexus between “race” and law and legal institutions. In particular, we start with how “race” was viewed legally and societally at the founding of this Country and ends with how “race” is construed today by legal institutions with the resulting societal implications. During the Seminar, several Supreme Court cases addressing “race” or “race-related” issues, such as segregation, integration, affirmative action in higher education, voting rights, and equal access to public k-12 and affordable housing, etc., are discussed along with the societal impact of those opinions.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO no later than noon on December 22, 2022.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Race and Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM