About the Center

Established in 1999, the Center produces and fosters creative scholarship that examines the law through a lens of social justice, and works in partnership with communities to provide education to the general public.   Through multi-method, interdisciplinary and participatory approaches, we engage in research that is accessible, relevant, and responsive to the needs of diverse communities in California and throughout the nation.  By providing bridges between academia and the real world and between theory and practice, it teaches students to work collaboratively across disciplines and perspectives and to locate the common ground among people.


The Center's mission is threefold:

  • Provide and facilitate rigorous theoretical and practical training and support to law students in social justice advocacy and scholarship.
  • Foster creative scholarship that views the law in a larger social context and is both accessible to the public and responsive to the needs of under-represented communities.
  • Promote collaborative efforts among academics, practitioners, advocacy organizations, policy makers, and community groups to realize a more just and equitable society.