New Curricular Innovations

The “Jump Start” Program

For the first time, we will begin to offer a section of our 1L Criminal Law course in the summer for incoming 1Ls to help them become better-prepared for their full-time experience. There will also be a legal writing and Academic Success component to the summer program. The latter will include a series of workshops on law school learning, introduction to the legal profession (including meeting alums), financial and time management, and paving the way for those who may be first-gens and/or otherwise members of historically under-represented groups. The summer program will be at no cost to any Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Race, Law & Society Course

In Fall 2020, we initiated a one-credit elective called Race, Law & Society that will be offered every year in some iteration. The course will be offered again in 2021 with the same format and a focus that includes gender as well as race. 

In addition, in 2021 and 2022 we are adding three new courses to our growing curriculum related to race and justice: (1) Critical Race Theory, (2) Disability Law, (3) Poverty Law, and (4) Landlord Tenant Law.