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Fall 2021

Course Description
Systemic advocacy is an emerging field of law practice focused on solutions to persistent social ills (like poverty, pollution, crime, etc.) using “complex actions” designed to get at the root causes of society’s most costly problems. The two principal kinds of complex actions—issue campaigns and community projects—depend on concepts and skills that build on, but also go beyond, conventional legal problem solving, including basics like research, analysis, and composition. Class time during the semester will be split between traditional discussion of assigned materials and student fieldwork or team meetings devoted to self-selected projects. Upon completion of this practice-oriented, 3-credit course, students will be equipped (1) to assess how complex actions might be combined with traditional legal practices to achieve systemic change in varied contemporary contexts, and (2) how to collaborate professionally with other legal and non-legal colleagues to help make it so.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   MW  11:00 AM-12:15 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Participation, paper, project, and presentation.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: LatCrit: From Critical Theory to Academic Activism
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Francisco Valdes and Steven Bender
    Publisher: NYU Press
    Edition: 1st Edition
    ISBN: 9781479809301
  • Textbook Name: Critical Justice: Systematic Advocacy in Law and Society
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Francisco Valdes, Steven Bender, and Jennifer Hill
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    Edition: 1st Edition
    ISBN: 9781628102048
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please read and complete Class 1 assignment listed in the attached Course Information Packet.

    LatCrit: From Critical Theory to Academic Activism by Valdes and Bender AND Critical Justice: Systematic Advocacy in Law and Society by Valdes, Bender, and Hill

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    The course page is available on Blackboard. Please log into the Blackboard platform and familiarize yourself with the structure of the course page as well as it's functions.

    Systemic AdvocacyandComplexActions_CoursePacketwDay1Assignment_FALL21_fvfinal.docx



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-1780
Office: G369