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Spring 2025 Course

Civil Rights and the Armed Professions/the US Defense Industry

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This course will provide an overview of the history, policies and legal challenges related to integrating the armed professions – principally the U.S. military, the U.S. Airforce, and the U.S. Marines. We will examine political and legislative developments that paved the way for civil rights recognition and enforcement, including the unique legal, institutional, and political processes that defined and continue to shape terms of engagement in the various branches of the Armed Professions. Students will examine key aspects of employment and service for minorities and underrepresented groups in recruitment, international assignments, deployment, conditions of employment, and termination. In addition to caselaw and legislative developments, course materials for this class will examine the role of adversarial litigation and military courts in enforcing civil rights in the armed professions.