Abolition: A Social Justice Practicum: Experiential Lab

Course Information

Course Number
Curriculum Level
Areas of Study
Racial, Economic, and Social Justice, Criminal Law and Procedure, Human Rights
Additional Attributes
Experiential Credit

Section 002 Information


Bernard E. Harcourt Bernard E. Harcourt Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science

Section Description

This course will engage, both in theory and in practice, the ambition of racial justice and abolition democracy. It will study the history of race relations in this country. It will seek to chart the road to abolition of the punitive paradigm in the United States. It will investigate what it might mean to imagine abolition in the context of policing, of the prison, and also of punishment more broadly. And it will do so not only through readings and seminar-style discussion, but with hands on practice in legal cases involving capital punishment, police violence, and protest rights, as well as public policy interventions. Shukur and Harcourt will assign teams of students to one project for the semester that deals squarely with the themes of the course. Project based work will include advocacy on behalf of an individual seeking relief from a death sentence; civil rights litigation in police shooting cases; litigation on behalf of protesters; and other similar types of cases or public policy interventions. Depending on travel restrictions, the class may also go on a trip to Montgomery, Alabama, or elsewhere.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2021
Method of Evaluation
J.D Writing Credit?

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in using law as a tool for justice.
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in the ethical and professional practice of law.

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
Instructor Co-Requisites
Recommended Courses
Other Limitations
Permission only. Limited to 8 law students. Students who wish to take the practicum should send a paragraph describing their background, along with a CV. Please send this information to Fonda Shen at [email protected]

Additional Section for Abolition: A Social Justice Practicum: Experiential Lab

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Fall 2021



JGH 701


Class meets on
  • Tuesday


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