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JD Concentration in Critical Race & Gender Studies

The JD Concentration in Critical Race & Gender Studies provides degree candidates seeking to study the intersection of race, class, and gender in the law and related disciplines with the concrete tools to navigate issues of privilege and power in law school and in practice. Graduates who complete the concentration will be prepared for career opportunities that focus on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the legal workplace, and as drafters of policy and legislation, lobbyists, politicians, and staff attorneys at public service agencies and organizations.

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Students who intend to pursue this concentration are strongly encouraged to consult the faculty director at the end of the semester in which they complete 30 credit hours, in order to ensure that they will be able to complete the concentration and to discuss pathways for completion that track the student’s interests.

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JD students may earn only one concentration. Degree candidates pursuing the JD Concentration in Critical Race & Gender Studies must complete a minimum of 16 credits, including 10 required credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in coursework taken to fulfill the concentration.

Students who enter the Law School with an interest in critical race and gender studies are encouraged to take specific sections of Lawyering Skills I and II that focus on civil rights, although these courses would not count toward the concentration.

Independent Research Component

The concentration includes an independent research requirement. Candidates must complete a substantial research paper on a topic related to the concentration. The paper may build upon a paper completed in another course or for a law journal project or advocacy competition, if disclosed and approved in advance by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the faculty director of the concentration.

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