Lawyers have long played key roles in ushering in social change. From the early abolitionists to civil rights lawyers who lent their skills to the NAACP’s campaign against segregation, to those litigating today on behalf of prisoners, immigration detainees, and Guantanamo Bay inmates, lawyers have served as vital agents of social change.
This new class is for law students who wish to develop their skills as instigators of social change and desire to create a specific, individualized program to perform that role. You should have a pre-existing interest, if only an inchoate one, of a law-reform nature, that you would like to expand and clarify while in law school so as to land running after you graduate and take the bar.
This course is for students who can see themselves working as movement lawyers, whether in solo fashion, as members of a litigation team at a specialized agency or think tank, or part-time as pro bono attorneys while working at a conventional legal job at a firm or agency.