Race in Ordinary Course: Utilizing the Racial Background in Antitrust and Corporate Law Courses

St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 667-698, Fall 2008

33 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2011

Date Written: September 1, 2008

Abstract

This article is about the discourses in law school classes in which non-white students are in classes with white students. While I stake a position distinct from critical race theorists, I do not analyze critical race theory or the large body of scholarship pertaining thereto in this article. I limit my discussion to my use of race in teaching traditional law school subjects, specifically antitrust and corporate law. I present this article in two parts.

In Part I, I describe the challenges of using critical race theory to introduce discussions of race in traditional law school subjects. Race is interjected as an outsider. In Part II, I present my race in ordinary course approach. I do not suggest that my approach is superior to Critical Race Theory; I offer it only as another avenue of discussing race. In my approach, the subject matter drives the analysis and race is visibly interwoven into conventional legal analysis.

Keywords: critical race theorists, legal analysis, teaching law school subjects

Suggested Citation

Mathewson, Alfred Dennis, Race in Ordinary Course: Utilizing the Racial Background in Antitrust and Corporate Law Courses (September 1, 2008). St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 667-698, Fall 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1860307

Alfred Dennis Mathewson (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - School of Law ( email )

1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

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