Penn State Dixon Law, one of the oldest schools of American law, and other campuses are improving their curriculum with the aim of learning how to combat racism.
Inspired by events, including the assassination of George Floyd, Carlisle, a parochial school, created a one-year course called “Equal Protection of Race and Law.” It teaches students the relationship between race and law in areas such as housing, health care, criminal justice, democracy and capitalism.
“We are rebuilding our 187-year-old law school on an anti-racism platform,” Dixon Lon Dean Daniel M. Conway said in an interview. We are rethinking not only what people teach, but what we teach – that people follow the law in a way that promotes equal interaction for all.
Dixon Law is one of the schools that has been discovering new methods in the field of law education since last summer.
The Southern California Gold School of Law in Los Angeles has announced that it will provide the necessary education on race, racism and law next school year.
The Gold Course is designed to help students understand that “that race is part of the legal profession and a part of our daily lives,” said Vice-Chancellor Franta Tolson.
Tula Law School in New Orleans includes anti-racism education. Students at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, said last year students will be required to take a course, independent study, or graduation requirement for special and racial studies.
After Finoid’s death, Floyd spoke to her deans after her death and told law students how to better understand current events, how those events affected the legal system, and what could be done to combat racism.
“It was a massacre of black people, and it was part of a disparity between black and brown people and the oppression of voters,” Conway said. Legal education is needed to respond to attacks on democracy and the rule of law.
Conway and four other black women deacons created a legal dance antlers cleanhouse project last year. The project has a website, articles, and research on law school administrators and teachers on racism in law education.
“The explosion made us realize that we were all connected,” she said.
Under Dixon law, students can also earn certificates of civil rights, equal protection and social justice after taking the appropriate courses. Conway said the school is doubling the number of students in color last year from 22% to 44% and is on track to see similar success by 2021.
Dixon’s law increased the color faculty from 26% in 2017 to 26% last year.
Some law school efforts will focus on the Rutger Competition and Legal Review Symposium, which began on April 12.