...such as scholarly inquiries of race or on applied work, such as practicing law & community-based social justice advocacy?
Like the rest of your education at UCLA School of Law, the CRS Program offers a unique balance of theory and practice, which we find inform each other, rather than standing apart from each other. The leading academic inquiries in critical race theory are associated with the faculty of CRS at UCLA. The most cutting edge innovations in using the legal system to address racial subordination and social inequality are explored in courses within the Applied Doctrine and Applied Practice requirement. In addition, our CRS Initiatives provide a sampling of how CRS students and faculty integrate theory and practice outside of the formal coursework. Some of our students use the flexible structure of our specialization to engage race theory at a graduate level, and others emphasize clinical courses and doctrinal offerings. Most students, however, strike a balance between theory and practice that allows our graduates to take on a wide breadth of roles in the legal profession, ranging from practicing attorneys at law firms, directors of civil rights organizations, and staff at government and advocacy organizations seeking to address racial discrimination and subordination.