Academics and Clinicals
Former Associate Justice
California Supreme Court
Participate in a Curriculum Inspired by Rich Traditions
Consistent with the teaching of Martin Luther King Jr., for whom the law school building is named, the Human Rights and Social Justice Law curriculum provides education on some of the most pressing social issues of our time. Race, gender, class, and sexual orientation profoundly affect the lives of individuals, the growth of social institutions, the substance of culture, and the workings of political economies. Not surprisingly, laws and legal institutions have played central roles in regulating race, gender, class, and sexual orientation in the United States.
Learn Beyond the Classroom
UC Davis School of Law specializes in creating practical legal experiences for all students. To put their social justice values into practice, UC Davis law students choose from a tremendous assortment of clinicals - Immigration Law, Civil Rights, Prison Law, and Family Protection. All of these opportunities allow students to work directly with clients who otherwise could not afford legal representation.
Students can also enhance their education by participating in organizations or working on journals - the law school sponsors approximately 40 student organizations and five scholarly journals. Activities particularly useful to those interested in human rights and social justice include:
Gain a Multi - Disciplinary Perspective
UC Davis School of Law offers an incredible array of classes in many different human rights and social justice fields including, civil rights, disability rights, education, feminist jurisprudence, and immigration. The curriculum builds upon the strengths of a diverse group of faculty whose renowned teaching and scholarship probe the links between inequality and the U.S. legal system.
Selected Human Rights Courses
Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis. Not all courses will be taught in any given year. Please check the Course Descriptions webpage for current courses offerings.
Join a Network of Graduates with Diverse, Rewarding Careers
UC Davis law alumni who studied human rights and social justice law now work in law and lobbying firms, legislatures, government offices, courts, corporations and nonprofit organizations throughout the world. Their practice involves a variety of legal areas, including: