Fall 2016 Course Schedule

Latinas(os) & the Law (CANCELLED) (LAW-795-002)


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Discourse on American law traditionally has marginalized Latinos and Latinas in the United States. This course challenges the traditional view by placing Latino communities, immigrant and citizen alike, at the center. As the largest and most diverse ethnic minority group, Latinos and Latinas have had a significant impact on American law. Through an exploration of legal history and critiques, civil rights movements, constitutional guarantees, and cross-discipline scholarship, students will discuss the significance of culture, ethnicity, language, race, color, national origin subgroups (i.e., Mexican Americans (Chicanos), Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Central and South Americans), gender, sexual orientation, politics, and socio-economic and immigrant status for Latinas/os. This course would be of interest to students who plan to serve a predominantly Latina/o client base or who have an intellectual interest in issues related to Latinos, ethnic studies, and civil rights law and litigation.

There are no prerequisites for this course. The law school upper-level writing requirement (ULWR) may be satisfied in this two-credit seminar by writing a 30+ page, single topic paper with faculty supervision. Professors Ferg-Cadima and Ortiz will be available to provide support in the selection of the topic and research plan, formation of the outline, review of the rough draft, and critique of the final draft after submission. See more information on the ULWR at https://www.wcl.american.edu/studentaffairs/writingreq.cfm

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