Legal Methods II: Critical Race Methods: Practices, Prisms, and Problems

Course Information

Course Number
L6130
Curriculum Level
Foundation
Areas of Study
Constitutional Law, Gender and Sexuality Legal Studies, History and Philosophy of Law, Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, Racial, Economic, and Social Justice
Type
Lecture

Section 008 Information

Instructors

Section Description

Method of Evaluation: Students will be given an option to produce a text that uses at least two of the methods reviewed in class including a pleading, memorandum, testimony, op ed, or some other approved test.

The United States suffers from many forms of discrimination, most of which are based on group factors such as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. The text of the American
Constitution expressly forbids states from discriminating on some bases, most especially race, and a wide body of state and federal legislation also forbids various forms of discrimination by individual citizens in a variety of economic and social contexts. The legal prohibition against discrimination does not, however, fully capture the relationship between legal practices and
racial inequality. This seminar will undertake a deeper interrogation of the legal terrain of discrimination by examining the interface between legal interpretation, lawmaking practices, and
racial hierarchy. Our focus will be on the legal methods through which race and racism have been constructed and contested by law, both over time and within the contemporary social
order.

In the process, we will examine a variety of methods that have been aggregated under the rubric of Critical Race Theory including intersectionality, historicism, anti-formalism, social
construction, storytelling, and denaturalizing baselines. This introductory treatment of critical legal methods will not only assess what is “critical” about Critical Race Theory but will deploy it
to examine contemporary efforts to regulate and censor its interpretive tools and practices.

School Year & Semester
January 2023
Dates
January 9 - January 13
Location
JGH 103
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dates
January 9 - January 13
Location
JGH 103
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Points
1
Method of Evaluation
Other
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • Students will acquire understanding of and/or facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts and various methods of interpretation.
  • Students will be able to apply critical reading practices to contemporary debates, including those pertaining to critical race theory in public education and law.
  • Students will engage diverse methods of engaging the law such as critical storytelling, racial realism, and intersectionality

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None

Other Sections of Legal Methods II: Critical Race Methods: Practices, Prisms, and Problems

Section 007

School Year & Semester

January 2023

Instructors

Location

JGH 101

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Location

JGH 101

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 002

School Year & Semester

January 2023

Instructors

Location

WJWH 209

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
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  • Friday

Location

WJWH 209

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
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Points

1

Section 006

School Year & Semester

January 2023

Instructors

Location

JGH 107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

JGH 104

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
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Points

1

Section 001

School Year & Semester

January 2023

Instructors

Professor Eric Talley

Eric Talley

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law

Location

WJWH 309

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

WJWH 309

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 004

School Year & Semester

January 2023

Instructors

Philip Genty

Philip M. Genty

Everett B. Birch Innovative Teaching Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility

Location

WJWH L107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
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  • Friday

Location

WJWH L107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
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  • Friday

Points

1

Section 003

School Year & Semester

January 2023

Instructors

Location

WJWH 207

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

WJWH 207

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
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Points

1

Section 005

School Year & Semester

January 2023

Instructors

Avery Katz

Avery W. Katz

Milton Handler Professor of Law and Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character

Location

JGH 105

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

JGH 105

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1
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