Centers Of Excellence

Critical Race Studies

Led by renowned scholars who have influenced law and policy for decades, UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies Program is the premier setting for studying the intersection of race and the law.


Think. Teach. Transform.

Working at the intersection of race and the law to train advocates, leaders and scholars committed to challenging injustice in all its forms.

The first law school program in the United States dedicated to critical race theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines, the Critical Race Studies program is unequaled in American legal education. The cornerstone of the program is the CRS specialization, a competitive academic course of study engaging top students who are committed to racial justice scholarship and legal practice. The CRS specialization enhances coursework with a variety of collaborative and interdisciplinary experiences to integrate theory and practice. The Critical Race Studies program hosts an annual symposium that draws top scholars from around the country for discussion of cutting-edge topics and works with student-led clinics to provide students with on-the-ground training and opportunities for representation and advocacy.

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Oct 01, 2020

Kimberlé Crenshaw Discusses with TIME Magazine the Significance of Critical Race Theory

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Sep 28, 2020

Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Study of Intersectionality Featured on NBCNews on Harris’s Historic Presence on the Democratic Ticket

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