Santa Clara University

Law & Social Justice

Facilitators: Jane Curry, Political Science, and Deborah Moss-West, Law

The Law and Social Justice Pathway offers students a cross-disciplinary opportunity to learn about and focus on issues related to social justice particularly from a legal perspective. Students who are considering going to law school or pursuing a career in legal services will be able to study the principles behind the justice system and have practical experiences that expose them to social justice issues in the community. This Pathway is also beneficial to students considering a career in government, social services, or public service as students will learn about community needs and deepen their understanding of how underrepresented, marginalized, and subordinated client populations and causes can be served through social justice law.

Associated Courses

American Politics
GOVT            410-001T  American Gov't & Politics Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

ANTH            151           Law and Society
ANTH            155           Conflict Resolution

Arts and Sciences:
ASCI              50             Law & Social Justice (cross-listed with ELSJ 50)

CLAS             188           Classical Origins of Justice

*COMM        104A        Group Communication
*COMM        145B        Legal Journalism

*ENGL          177           Argumentation

Ethnic Studies
ETHN             141          Asian American Women (cross-listed with WGST 111)

Experiential Learning for Social Justice
ELSJ               50            Law & Social Justice (cross-listed with ASCI 50)

HIST               84            Women in American Society (cross-listed with WGST 57)
HIST               158          Turmoil and Reform: U.S. 1877-1920
HIST               177          Gays and Lesbians in United States History (cross-listed with WGST 138)
HIST               188S        The Making of Modern America: The Progressive Era (formerly HIST 188)

Int'l Law & Organizations
SIS                 450-900T Int'l Law & Organizations Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Justice & Law
JLS                 492-001T Justice Semester Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Peace & Conflict Resolution
SIS                 486-900T Peace & Conflict Resolution Seminar (American University Washington Semester Program)

PHIL              5               Ethical Issues in Society
PHIL              10             Ethical Issues in the Law
PHIL              111           Bioethics and the Law
PHIL              113           Ethics and Constitutional Law
PHIL              114           Ethics and Criminal Law
*PHIL           122            Political Philosophy and Ethics
PHIL             154            Philosophy of Law

Political Science
POLI             30              Introduction to Political Philosophy
POLI             45              Criminal Justice System
*POLI          124             Law, Security and Force
*POLI          125             International Law
*POLI          127             Global Perspectives in Women and Law   
                                        "Special Topics in International Relations"
*POLI          134             Race & Ethnicity in Politics of Developed States
*POLI          143             Democracy & Democracy Building
*POLI          156             Politics and Mass Media
*POLI          160             The Constitution and Equality
*POLI          161             Law & Politics in the United States
*POLI          167             Making Public Policy
POLI            169             Special Topics in US Politics (topic "Women & Law" only; cross-listed with WGST 118, POLI 171)
POLI            171             Women & Law (cross-listed with POLI 169 - topic "Women & Law" only; WGST 118)
POLI            195P           Seminar in U.S. Politics


PSYC            155            Psychology and Law

Religious Studies
*RSOC         136            Religion in Latin America
*TESP          64              Environmental Justice in Catholic Imagination

SOCI             33              Social Problems in the United States
*SOCI          159             Sociology of Crime
SOCI            160             Sociology of Law

Transforming Communities
GOVT          417-001T   Transforming Communities Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Women's and Gender Studies
WGST           57              Women in American Society (cross-listed with HIST 84)
WGST           111            Asian American Women (cross-listed with ETHN 141)
WGST           118            Women & Law (cross-listed with POLI 171, POLI 169 (topic "Women and Law" only)
WGST           138            Gays and Lesbians in United States History (cross-listed with HIST 177)
WGST           189            Sex, Law and Social Justice: The Politics of Advocacy

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites