Certificate in Social Justice

To obtain the certificate, students must complete both a doctrinal and experiential component for a minimum of 14 total credit hours.  The experiential component requires that students complete the equivalent of one academic year of supervised legal work addressing the needs of the poor and marginalized.  The doctrinal component focuses on the legal and policy frameworks that structure rights and access for the poor and marginalized.

a. Required Experiential Components (7-10 credit hours)

  1. One semester of LAW L897 Clinical Seminar–Live Client Clinic (5 hrs.)
  2. One semester of any of the following)
    LAW L833 Street Law
    LAW L886 Environmental Law Seminar–Environmental Policy Advocacy
    LAW L897 Clinical Seminar–Live Client Clinic
    LAW L900 Academic Externship (2 hrs.)
    LAW L924 Human Rights Advocacy Project
  3. 50 hours of additional pre-approved public service work (Public service work is broadly defined to include work performed for a stipend, in additional to pro bono work.  Currently students may satisfy the Law and Poverty requirement by completing 50 hours of service.  Certificate students would certify their 50 hours using the same monitoring mechanism already in place.)

b. Required Doctrinal Component (4-8 credit hours)

  1. LAW L781 Law and Poverty or LAW L782 Law and Poverty Seminar (2 hrs.)
  2. One of the following pool courses (2-3 credit hours)
    LAW L782 Law and Poverty Seminar: Tax and Social Justice
    LAW L802 Law and Education Seminar
    LAW L820 Employment Discrimination
    LAW L832 Immigration and Nationality Law
    LAW L834 Environmental Justice Seminar
    LAW L839 Civil Rights Actions Under Section 1983
    LAW L855 Child Advocacy Seminar
    LAW L862 Criminal Law Seminar: Minorities in the Criminal Justice System
    LAW L877 Constitutional Law Seminar: Race and the Law
    LAW L884 International Law Seminar: Human Rights Advocacy in the U.S.
    LAW L885 Gender Law in Practice
    LAW L911 Introduction to American Indian Law: Overlapping Jurisdictions
    LAW L932 Immigration Law Seminar
    LAW L955 Advanced Constitution Law–14th Amendment
  3. An additional pool course if a student completes less than 10 credit hours under the experiential component.

c. Performance
Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in the Certificate courses and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher to receive the Certificate.