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287.7 sec. 001 - Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination Law (Fall 2024)

Instructor: Kathryn Abrams  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


MTu 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Law 134
From August 19, 2024
To December 02, 2024

Course Start: August 19, 2024
Course End: December 02, 2024
Class Number: 32207

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 31
Waitlisted: 5
Enroll Limit: 39
As of: 07/19 09:03 PM

How does the law address inequality? This course probes the fundamental frameworks of civil rights and anti-discrimination law. Among the topics we will cover are discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and disability, across a variety of social contexts (we will focus primarily on work and education, but will also touch on public accommodations, and governmental services). Students should leave the class with an understanding of federal statutory frameworks including Title VII, Title IX, and the ADA, and their constitutional underpinnings. It will also include a brief unit on the role of state constitutions in addressing inequality. The course will draw on critical legal theories, including critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and disability theory, to help us grapple with questions about the real-world consequences and limits of the current legal frameworks. Although the course has modest overlap with both Constitutional Law and Employment Discrimination, students who have taken (or hope to take) either of these courses may enroll in this one.

It is helpful, but not necessary or required, to have taken Constitutional Law before taking this class.

There is some overlap between this class and Con Law, and this class and Employment Discrimination; but because this course covers both Constitution and civil rights statutes, and provides theoretical perspectives on equality and discrimination, it may be taken in addition to either or both.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Race and Law Requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 5 hours
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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