Social Justice Concentration

As one of the nation’s leading social justice law schools, the concentration in Social Justice is designed to allow students to demonstrate their advanced knowledge of the subject area. To qualify for the concentration, students must satisfy both the Credit Hours Requirement and the Distribution Requirement. Students will verify their satisfaction of the requirements by submitting an "Application for Concentration in Social Justice" to the College of Law Registrar at least one month prior to the date of their graduation.

Credit Hours Requirement

Students must satisfy the following number of credit hours through the courses, experiences, and activities listed in the Distribution Requirement:

  • JD Students: 12 Credit Hours
  • LLM Students: 10 Credit Hours


Students must satisfy each of the following four components of the concentration:

I. Core Coursework

Students must complete at least 5 credit hours (for a letter grade) from these courses:

  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Race and the Law
  • Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law


II. Elective Coursework

Students must take at least one of these courses:

  • Access to Justice
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Crimmigration
  • Current Problems in Women’s Human Rights
  • Directed Readings: Structural Racism and the Law
  • Family Law
  • Gender Stories
  • Gender Identity
  • Human Rights
  • Human Rights Seminar
  • Immigration Law & Policy
  • Juvenile Law
  • Labor Law
  • Mental Health Law I
  • Mental Health Law II
  • Poverty and the Law
  • Public International Law
  • Race and Democracy
  • Sexual Orientation
  • An Individual Research Project on a social justice research topic (one credit maximum)

III. Experiential

Students must complete at least one of these experiences:

  • Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic
  • Indigent Defense Clinic
  • Legal Access Clinic
  • Ohio Innocence Project
  • An externship in the area of race, racial inequality or social justice
  • Additional experiences as approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, in consultation with the Director of the Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice

IV. Life of the College

  • 10 Jones Center events* (suggested planning is two events in the first year and four events in the second and the third years) * 
  • 3 Jones Center events for LLM students

Learn More

In order to apply for the Social Justice Concentration, you may request the application.