LAWWA631-46 Critical Race Theory

(CRT) examines how the social category of race is defined and produced by the law but also how race shapes and gives meaning to the law. CRT challenges both the substance and style of conventional legal scholarship by rethinking or outright rejecting formal notions of equality, individual rights and color-blind approaches to solving legal problems. By deploying both controversial and innovative methodologies, Critical Race scholarship has transformed how we understand the relationship between race, social power, and the law. This course will discuss the origins and major tenets of Critical Race Theory, examine the development of Critical Race Theory as a significant paradigm of legal scholarship and advocacy, and outline its connection to Critical Legal Studies, Feminist Jurisprudence, and Queer Theory. (Credits may be applied towards Criminal Law Practice, Public Interest Practice and Gender & Sexuality Law Concentrations.)