The Critical Race Studies (CRS) Program at UCLA Law, the only program of its kind in the United States, prepares future leaders and scholars to transform racial justice advocacy.
Our curriculum includes foundational courses in civil rights and race theory, taught by professors who built the intellectual underpinnings of the field. Students in the CRS Program are challenged to think critically about forms of racial subordination throughout the history of American law; to compare related legal and social subordination along other axes of identity; and to apply the central themes in critical race theory to specific areas of the law and to practical legal settings.
The CRS Program trains students to analyze how the law and legal institutions erect racial hierarchies. The course of study includes a specialization and emphasizes history, theory, comparative subordination, doctrine and practice. Advanced coursework is one vital component of CRS, others include our annual CRS Symposium, which foregrounds the most innovative ideas and strategies to end racial injustice; and ongoing initiatives such as our Gulf Coast Reconstruction Project, which seeks to address social inequalities to achieve a just and democratic reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The result is a program that bridges theory and practice to create a singular experience without parallel in U.S. legal education.