Radicalizing the 1L Curriculum

The law school curriculum often frames the law as largely objective, as a series of principles embodied in statutes and precedents that can be applied to any given case, aided by canons of construction and other neutral tools. We learn what the law is instead of grappling with what the law should be in order to create a just society, and questions about fairness and equality are frequently brushed aside.

To counter this tendency, we are developing a series of workshops to provide a space where students can engage critically with the content of our legal education and gain practical and theoretical insights into how to use our legal training for the greater good. In each workshop, we will revisit 1L cases and concepts, examine how the law supports and constructs systems of power and social inequality, and identify the forces that move and shape the law so that we can use them to effect positive social change.