Asian Americans and the Law

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1540-1740
  • WB121
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

From the founding of this nation to the present, Asian Americans have been at the center of many legal controversies with profound implications for American society. This seminar will examine the legal history of people of Asian descent in the United States. It will focus on critical reading of primary sources – the Constitution, statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions – and on placing these materials in their social and historical context. The course encompasses units on citizenship and identity (starting with the arrival of the first Asians in America and the early immigration statutes and running through the recent travel ban); various seminal issues and moments in Asian American history (such as racial violence, efforts by state and local governments to regulate Asians, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II); and contemporary issues (such as the concept of the model minority, employment discrimination and the so-called “Bamboo Ceiling,” educational opportunity and the thorny issue of “reverse discrimination,” and racial profiling and bias, both pandemic-related and otherwise).

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will submit short written assignments (via Canvas) and prepare for active class participation throughout the course. A final paper of approximately 3,000 to 3,500 words is due via EXPO by noon on the last day of the finals period.

Other Work

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

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**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:
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