CRS curriculum provides the unusual combination of depth and breadth.
In-depth instruction in civil rights and race theory are taught by
professors who built the intellectual foundations of the field. Also,
courses addressing specific racial groups and nonracial hierarchies
invite rich comparative analyses. This approach helps us understand that
we live in a multiracial world with intersecting and overlapping forms
Courses in fulfillment of the critical race studies specialization
Overview: Students are required to
take six courses to complete the program, including 2 core courses, 2
courses in comparative analysis, 2 applied courses (one doctrine and one
practice), as specified below. Students must also fulfill a writing
requirement by completing a 35 page paper, double-spaced. The
requirement is further described below under the subheading “CRS Writing
Requirement.” The cumulative GPA within these courses must be a B- or
higher in order to gain the Critical Race Studies certification.
Students can use an Externship in place of the applied practice course.
Core courses (required; recommended to be taken in the 2nd year)
Comparative Analysis Requirement (Two Courses in Comparative Analysis, at least one must be from list A): The
courses below provide a basis for critically comparing various forms of
racial subordination throughout the history of American law and related
forms of legal and social subordination along other axes of identity.
The courses in List A foreground issues related to racial subordination
and the courses in List B foreground subordination along other axes of
List A – Comparative Racialization
List B – Comparative Subordination
Applied Courses (2 required, at least one from each list) – Applied
Courses Requirement: The courses below provide a basis for applying the
central themes in Critical Race Theory to specific areas of the law and
to practical legal settings. The courses in “Doctrine” provide
students with a sound grasp of the laws and policies that govern
specific areas of practice. The courses listed in “Practice” are
designed to expose students to the practical application of laws and
policies to concrete social issues and actual legal settings.
CRS Writing Requirement – Students may
use any of the courses listed above or any of the seminars listed below
to fulfill the writing requirement. However, the course or seminar may
not be used to fulfill another specialization requirement at the same
time. In other words, there can be no double-counting of a single course to fulfill two requirements within the specialization.
The paper must be at least 35 pages long, double-spaced and related to a
topic relevant to the specialization’s course of study.The CRS paper
can be used to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement.
As an alternative to writing a paper within an
approved course or seminar, students may enroll in a minimum of 3 units
of Independent Research (Law 340) under the supervision of a UCLA
faculty member and produce a paper that meets the same standards as
stated above to fulfill this requirement. This includes Law Review
Comments written as part of Law 341. For any independent research
project to be considered for the CRS Writing Requirement, the student
must submit a description of the writing project to the CRS Program
Director beforehand, indicating how the project will engage race/racism
or employ critical race scholarship or concepts in its analysis. Use
the course planning form and follow the instructions under writing requirement – independent research.
Approved Seminars for Fulfillment of the Writing Requirement:
1. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes to determine which of the courses listed above will be offered during the current school year.
2. The course requirements list is
reviewed and updated on a periodic basis by the CRS Faculty. You are
required to complete the requirements as they were published when you
elected into the specialization. However, you may petition to have a
course meet certain requirements, when changes have been made after you
elect into the specialization.
3. In limited instances, the CRS faculty directors will
consider a student’s petition to have a course not listed on the
requirements page count towards certification. You should send an email
to the program director and cc the faculty director, citing the
language of the requirement on this page, describing how the course
meets the requirement, and attaching course syllabi or relevant
materials. We will typically respond to your email petition within 3