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.

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Founding the CRS Program

A brief history of the founding of UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies.

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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More information about the CRS Symposium and our multimedia archives of past programming.

Who We Are

Our Past Faculty Directors

  • CRS Faculty Directors

    2021-22: Noah Zatz

    2020-21: Laura E. Gómez

    2019-20: Laura E. Gómez

    2018-19: Laura E. Gómez

    2017-18: Cheryl I. Harris

    2016-17: Cheryl I. Harris & Noah D. Zatz

    2015-16: Chery I. Harris & Devon W. Carbado

    2014-15: Cheryl I. Harris

    2013-14: Devon W. Carbado

    2012-13: Cheryl I. Harris & Jyoti Nanda

    2011-12: Cheryl I. Harris & Kimberlé W. Crenshaw

    2010-11: Kimberlé W. Crenshaw

    2009-10: Kimberlé W. Crenshaw & Russell K. Robinson

    2008-09: Jerry Kang

    2007-09: Jerry Kang

    2006-07: Cheryl I. Harris

    2005-06: Cheryl I. Harris

    2004-05: Cheryl I. Harris

    2003-04: Devon W. Carbado

    2002-03: Devon W. Carbado

    2001-02: Jerry Kang & Laura E. Gómez

    2000-01: Jerry Kang & Laura E. Gómez

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