Law & Social Inequality

Courses in this area allow students to explore the range of legal issues that arise for people living in or threatened with poverty or other forms of social disadvantage. The courses allow students to attain a deeper understanding of the interconnected systems that perpetuate this disadvantage and potential strategies for dismantling them.

Faculty Who Teach In This Area

  • Steven Bender
  • Margaret Chon
  • Dean Spade

Core Courses

  • Consumer Law (3 cr)
  • Disability Law (3 cr)
  • Elder Law (3 cr)
  • Family Law (3 cr)
  • Federal Indian Law (3 cr)
  • Immigration Law (3 cr)
  • International Law of Human Rights (3 cr)
  • Landlord/Tenant Law (2 cr)
  • Poverty Law (3 cr)
  • Race and Law (2 cr)

Important Specialized Courses

  • Latinos & the Law (3 cr)
  • Law and Social Movements (3 cr)
  • Policing, Imprisonment and Justice (2 cr)
  • Protest, Policing and the First Amendment (3 cr)

Experiential Courses1

  • All clinical offerings and numerous externship offerings (variable credits)
  • Homeless Rights Advocacy Practicum (3 cr)
  • Lawyering in Problem-Solving Courts (2 cr)
  • Moderate Means Practicum (3 cr)
  • Social Impact Advocacy (3 cr)

Additional Courses Of Interest

  • Bankruptcy (3 cr)
  • Criminal Procedure Adjudicative (3 cr)
  • Criminal Procedure Investigative (3 cr)
  • Environmental Law Fundamentals (3 cr)

1Students should consult with the Externship Program faculty to discuss opportunities.