Racial Justice and Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1130-1250
  • WB127
01/24/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

With such watershed events in the civil rights movement as Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and the civil rights acts of the 1960s, the eradication of racial subordination in America seemed an achievable goal. Yet, in America today, racial minorities continue to experience social and economic disadvantages, and race relations have even deteriorated in many respects. Whether law has aided or impeded the cause of civil rights in the past and the extent to which law can help to resolve racial issues in the present and future are questions of considerable controversy. This course will examine the response of law to racial issues in a variety of legal contexts. Topics will likely include the meaning of race, intimate relationships, child placement, education, employment, free expression and political participation. (Note: Policing and other criminal justice issues will be covered in the Race and Criminal Justice course.) The reading material is the casebook, Ralph Richard Banks, Kim Forde-Mazrui, Guy-Uriel Charles and Cristina Rodriguez, Racial Justice and Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2016). Classes will center on candid discussion and class exercises about the issues raised by the assigned material.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Substantial research paper due via EXPO no later than noon on the last day of the exam period. Students may be required to submit a brief, one paragraph discussion question/reaction to readings once a week or every other week. Students will not need to submit a form notifying SRO of their intent to count the substantial research paper toward their Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Race and Law Seminar (9058)
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM