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Spring 2022

Course Description
This course will explore areas of the law where finances and race interact. It intends to pay special attention to subject areas generally regarded as having no racial considerations. Discussions of theory and practice are essential in this course, including Legal Realism, Civil Rights and Critical Race Theory, and Economics. When relevant, it will include discussion of other socially constructed categories and explore the falseness of such categories. Course material will consist of assigned materials made available to you on Blackboard.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-18-2022 - 04-25-2022   MW  11:00 AM-12:15 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Each student has three options for evaluation in the course: 1). A take home examination consisting of essay questions; 2). Two essays (10-15 pgs each) each discussing one modern issue with racial and economic, legal implications. The first essay must be completed prior to Break; the second is due before the last day of class. This option satisfies the writing requirement 3). One research paper, approximately 35 pages, with a central legal argument addressing a topic of import to race and economic justice. This paper may be submitted in satisfaction of the writing requirement. If your choice is an option which satisfies the writing requirement, you must notify the Registrar no later than the end of the “drop-add” period. In addition, each student is required to sign up for two weeks in which he or she will “co-teach” the class in collaboration with other students. You will supply further reading to supplement class discussions.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
New Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Jan. 19 Ian Ayres, Empirical evidence, Pervasive Prejudice Unconventional 3-8 Peggy C. Davis, Law as Microaggression, 98 Yale L.J. 1559, 1560-1567 (1989). Williams, Alchemy of Race and Rights 44-51 Posner, Richard A., Overcoming law: Nuance, Narrative and Empathy 368-384 Kutner, Everything for Sale (1996) p. 11-19; 34-38 Gary Becker, The Economics of Discrimination p. 13-18 (2010

    are available through Black Board

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-4275
Office: G374