Learning Critical Legal Theory Across the Curriculum: An Innovative Course in Applied Feminism
Law Teacher, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 5-7, Spring 2014
5 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2014 Last revised: 28 May 2015
Date Written: Spring 2014
In law schools, we are so accustomed to a single professor teaching each substantive class that we rarely question this method of teaching. Imagine instead a class taught by fourteen professors, each of whom teaches for one week to share their substantive expertise through the lens of critical legal theory. At the University of Baltimore School of Law, we offer such a course, entitled Special Topics in Applied Feminism. Throughout the semester, students are exposed to feminist legal perspectives on a wide range of substantive topics, including tax law, international law, immigration law, employment law, and many others.
The course is sponsored and organized by our Center on Applied Feminism, which seeks to apply feminist legal theory to real-world problems in order to promote gender equality. The Center's activities range from sponsoring an annual conference to advocating for law reform to advising students on career choices. We sought to add an academic component for students that harnessed the talent of our colleagues outside their usual substantive course silos. We have offered the course every other year since 2010. Based on this experience and the responses of students, we recommend that more law schools offer collaborative courses.
Keywords: legal education, methods of teaching, critical legal theory, feminist legal theory, gender equality, law reform, career choices, collaborative courses
JEL Classification: K19, K39, I21, I29, L89
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