Critical Race Studies


About the Critical Race Studies Program


Critical Race Studies Program: Think. Teach. Transform.

The mission of the Critical Race Studies program is to:

think new ideas
teach future leaders and scholars and
transform racial justice advocacy.

The only program of its kind in the United States, UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies (CRS) program is the premier institutional setting for the study of the intersection between race and the law. Anchored by renowned scholars whose research represents the cutting edge of critical race theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines, our CRS program has no parallel in American legal education.

The cornerstone of the program is an academic course of study, the CRS specialization, which attracts the top students committed to racial justice scholarship and legal practice. Established in 2000, the specialization quickly emerged as a training ground for a new generation of practitioners, scholars and advocates. 

The CRS program augments coursework with research colloquia, symposia, interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships in order to integrate theory and practice.

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Critical Race Studies Specialization

The CRS Specialization is appropriate for law students who seek advanced study and/or practice in race and the law, critical race theory, civil rights, public policy and other legal practice areas that are likely to involve working with racial minority clients and communities or working to combat racial inequality.  This Specialization in CRS consistently attracts the top students committed to testing and advancing new ideas for racial and social justice.  CRS research and courses deepen our understanding of race and provide tools and strategies to help dismantle racism across the globe.  In particular, the CRS specialization trains students to analyze how the law and legal institutions erect racial hierarchies.  Students are simultaneously trained how to use law and legal institutions to dismantle those same hierarchies, to further basic civil and human rights.


Combining intellectual rigor and a passion for social justice and racial equality

Although the faculty and the coursework are outstanding, it is our heartfelt sense of community that makes the program extraordinary. CRS faculty actively participate in the Program and regularly share their research in academic fora, enjoy informal conversations with students, and provide valuable career advice. CRS alumni regularly return to talk about their jobs, and how a CRS education has helped them in their real world projects. Some have even organized workshops for first-year students interested in CRS to strengthen legal writing skills. Finally, CRS students take ownership of the program and innovate constantly, for example, by producing a critical race theory reader to complement the first year curriculum and organizing independent study workshops. Students enrolled in the specialization are also at the heart of the broader law school’s life. They have included editors-in-chief of journals such as the UCLA Law Review, presidents of the Student Bar Association, and chairs of the major student organizations.

CRS Fellowship

The UCLA CRS Program offers a Law Teaching Fellowship to a UCLA Law School graduate interested in pursuing a career in law teaching.

We are not currently accepting applications. Please subscribe to the CRS mailing list to be informed of any updates.


The CRS Law Teaching Fellowship candidates must hold a JD or LLM degree from UCLA School of Law and:

  • be committed to a career of law teaching and scholarship;
  • possess an excellent academic record;
  • demonstrate likelihood of success as indicated by excellent academic and legal credentials that may include:§ successful completion of independent legal research, including research and/or writing as a law student;
  • exceptional legal experience after law school;
  • hold a certification in Critical Race Studies from UCLA School of Law, which may be waived in exceptional circumstances.

Fellowship Requirements

The CRS Fellowship Program lasts two years, during which time the Fellow will:

  • complete at least one substantial scholarly publication and present the publication as a work-in-progress to the UCLA School of Law Faculty;
  • be prepared to go on the academic job market in the fall of the Fellowship’s second year;
  • teach one course within the CRS curriculum each year of the Fellowship;
  • assist with the CRS Program’s research-related events, such as the CRS Symposium, when asked by the CRS Program faculty;
  • permit the CRS Program to include any article(s) resulting from the fellowship in a CRS working paper series;
  • acknowledge the CRS Fellowship Program’s assistance in any published work that is facilitated by the Fellowship, in a format approved by the CRS Program Faculty.

Benefits of the Fellowship

The unique features of this fellowship include the opportunity to:

  • develop academic expertise in critical race theory and law teaching;
  • work closely with a CRS faculty mentor;
  • participate in the CRS Program’s rich interdisciplinary scholarly symposia, lectures, and conferences;
  • complete at least one published article before entering the law teaching market;
  • engage in classroom teaching, with constructive pedagogical feedback;
  • obtain faculty recommendations for law teaching jobs;
  • receive detailed, expert advice on how to secure a law teaching job.

Application Process

We are not currently accepting applications. Please subscribe to the CRS mailing list to be informed of any updates.

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The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

The mission of CRS at UCLA is to think new ideas, teach future scholars and leaders and transform racial justice advocacy.

More Information

Contact Information

Jasleen Kohli
Director, Critical Race Studies Program
1409 Law Building
(310) 206-8178