Toward a Critical Race Realism

63 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2008 Last revised: 1 Aug 2017

Gregory Scott Parks

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: August 22, 2008


Critical Race Theory (CRT) is one of the youngest progeny of Legal Realism, but CRTs methodological approach has often failed to draw heavily from two put forth by the realists - the intersection of law & social science and law & public policy. There is a long intellectual history winding its way from Legal Realism to Law-Science-Policy, to Yale's Divisional Studies Program and Law and Society, to Critical Legal Studies and CRT. CRT could put forth stronger arguments by employing social science research and methodologies. This is nothing new, as Charles Hamilton Houston is the predecessor to Critical Race Realism (CRR). And current movements such as the New Legal Realism Project, Behavioral Realism, and Empirical Legal Scholarship, help situate CRR.

Keywords: Critical Race Theory, Empirical Legal Scholarship, Legal Realism, Legal History, Jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Parks, Gregory Scott, Toward a Critical Race Realism (August 22, 2008). Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 17, 2008. Available at SSRN: or

Gregory Scott Parks (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States
3367582170 (Phone)

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