Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice
We began as the nation’s first joint JD/MA program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and are proud to have grown into a groundbreaking Center that trains and cultivates scholars, leaders and activists committed to social change.
Our teaching scholars research and work to combat harassment, violence against women and economic inequalities that target our most vulnerable neighbors. We have built an international reputation by bridging theory and practice, forging relationships with local, national, and global communities and preparing students like you to take the lead in advancing justice.
Opportunities for Students
With four major programs, the Center builds on decades of success to provide you with real-world opportunities to make a difference, from supporting clients in a domestic violence clinic to working on the internationally renowned social justice publication, The Freedom Center Journal.
You can apply to become one of a limited number of outstanding students who serve as Social Justice Fellows. Our Fellows:
- research current social justice issues,
- enroll in courses that teach legal analysis through the intersecting lenses of race, gender, class and sexuality (including two of the following three courses, with at least one taken as a 2L: Critical Race Theory, Feminist Jurisprudence, Gender and the Law),
- complete externships with local social justice organizations,
- participate in activities that seek to cultivate social justice scholars, leaders and activists,
- participate in a three-credit research project sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice,
- help with the Center’s annual fall event and attend occasional programs throughout the academic year.
Each Fellow receives:
- tuition assistance in exchange for work with the Center,
- an annual stipend, currently $3,500 ($1,750 per semester).
If you’d like to be considered for a Social Justice Fellowship, please submit an additional statement of interest that highlights your commitment to social justice issues to the Admissions Office directly to Chad Vondenhuevel at email@example.com.
The first of its kind in the nation, Cincinnati Law’s JD/MA program offers you a rigorous, interdisciplinary study of the law and the chance to earn both degrees over the course of four years. Your capstone experience is a semester-long externship that places you in the heart of social justice work—at a national public interest organization, such as the National Women’s Law Center, Equality Now, National Organization for Women or the Women’s Law Project.
Join this groundbreaking team which, since 2005, has helped Cincinnati Law students represent more than 1,400 survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking in civil protection order hearings. Thanks to the work of the Clinic, Cincinnati City Council was the first in the nation to pass a resolution declaring that freedom from domestic violence is a fundamental human right.
As a Cincinnati Law student, you can apply to edit and write for this annual, joint scholarly publication created in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, an international museum located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. Work with your fellow editorial staff members to select articles, comments, essays and book reviews written by students, legal practitioners and scholars that explore the legacies of struggles for freedom around the world. Themes range from race, gender and sexuality to class, freedom, justice and the law—and you’ll have the opportunity to write your own piece for potential publication.