Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Concentration

The goal of the Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Concentration (CRCLC) is to increase the number of legal advocates in the field of civil rights and constitutional law. This goal is consistent with the Law School’s historical mission of preparing attorneys to represent under-served and under-represented segments of our community. Vestiges of racial discrimination as well as current racially-based discriminatory practices remain pervasive in all facets of our community, including education, housing, environmental justice, criminal justice, employment and economic advancement. It is incumbent upon the attorneys of today and tomorrow who stand on the shoulders of prior generations of civil rights attorneys, to continue the fight for justice and parity.

The requirements for the Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Concentration are intended to ensure that students who receive a certificate in the program are well-versed in civil rights and constitutional law matters. Moreover, students must demonstrate a genuine interest in the field of civil rights and constitutional law through their involvement in a related Pro Bono placement or externship. In addition, participation in a civil rights conference is mandated with the expectation that students will have the opportunity to interface with, learn from, and be inspired by civil rights activists. Finally, students must complete their preparation for the certificate by critically and creatively analyzing a significant civil rights issue in a thought-provoking and well-written article of publishable quality.

The determination of whether all requirements for the Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Concentration have been met for purposes of the issuance of a certificate will be made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

CRCLC Requirements

To earn the CRCLC, students must:

- Complete the following courses (5 credits):

8131 Constitutional Law II (2)

8210 Criminal Procedure (3)

- Complete an additional eight (8) credits from the menu below:

9020 Administrative Law (3)
8240 Civil Rights (3)
8001 Native American Law (3)
8002 Aids and the Law (3)
8021 Critical Race Theory Seminar (3)
8712 Law and Humanities Seminar (2)
8713 Sexual Identity and the Law (3)
9010 Children and the Law (2)
8711 Disability Law (3)
9220 Employment Discrimination (3)
9550 International Law (2)
9529 Land Loss Law (2)
8019 Race and the Law (3)
9043 Women in the Law (2)
9380 Employment Law (3)
9018 Civil Rights and Politics (2)
9046 Immigration Law (2)
9572 Elder Law (2)
8004 Environmental Law (3)
9334 Wrongful Conviction (3)
8714 Reproductive Rights Law and Justice (3)

- Earn 1 credit hour in a Pro Bono Clinic or Externship involving a Civil Rights matter.

Pro Bono placements consistent with the doctrinal courses listed above will satisfy the “civil rights” requirement. These placements include: children/juveniles, civil rights, criminal law defense, death penalty, disability services, education law, environmental justice, gay & lesbian rights, housing/landlord/tenant issues, immigrants’ rights, low-income clients, mental disability services, minority/low income landowners, prisoners’ rights, public benefits, public policy – advocacy, sentencing reform & wrongful conviction.

- Attend a conference related to Civil Rights.

- Write an article of publishable quality pertaining to a Civil Rights issue.

The article must consist of a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 25 pages.

The article must be submitted to the Director of Academic Support or the Advisor to the North Carolina Central University Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Society on or before the last Friday in January at 12 noon. No articles will be accepted after this deadline.

Articles may be submitted online via email or delivered as a hard copy.  Articles will be returned to students three weeks after the due date.  Students whose articles are not approved will have the opportunity to resubmit their articles on or before the first Friday in March at 12 noon for a final read. No articles will be accepted after this deadline.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the students will be notified of the decision regarding the publishable quality of the article on or before the last Friday in March.