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285.63 sec. 1 - Law & Social Justice (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Mary Louise Frampton (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Th 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 141
Course Start: January 13, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49988
This is the foundational course for students who are pursuing social justice careers in the arenas of practice, policy, or academia or for students interested in thinking about the law in a broader social context. In exploring how the law can be used as a tool for advancing social justice, we first examine the meaning of social justice from philosophical and legal perspectives and analyze systems of privilege as well as the economic, structural, legal, and institutional factors that contribute to inequality and injustice. We review both the legal theories and doctrines that have been used to further equal opportunity and social justice and the legal obstacles that have been erected to thwart those objectives. We then focus on new theories and approaches that might be more effective in actually creating social change. Different models of social justice lawyering and the wide variety of ways for lawyers to advance racial and economic justice are examined. A collaborative approach to learning is emphasized in this class and students will have the opportunity to directly observe and evaluate how effectively lawyers are actually advancing social justice on the ground by working on case studies.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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A reader will be used in this class.
Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.