285.63 sec. 1 - Law & Social Justice (Spring 2014)
Instructor: Mary Louise Frampton (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 141
Course Start: January 07, 2014
Class Number (1Ls): 49915 (section 2)
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49913
This is an essential course for students who are pursuing social justice careers in 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 and analyze systems of privilege as well as the economic, structural, legal, and institutional factors that contribute to inequality and injustice in our society. 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.