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Spring 2021 Course

Race and the Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule

This course will explore the role of race and ethnicity in American legal jurisprudence and history. Areas of focus will include changing legal definitions of race, conceptions of lawful and unlawful discrimination, and elements of proof. The class will also explore how extrajudicial dynamics such as social protest, backlash, and popular culture have interacted with constitutional interpretation and enforcement. Discussion will include practical legal applications, critical analysis of cases, and alternative solutions and approaches.

Note: This course will have some overlap with Professor Aziza Ahmed’s Spring 2021 Critical Race Theory seminar. Students interested in enrolling in both offerings are asked to consult with Professor Jenkins and Ahmed.