Critical Legal Studies Assembly (CLSA)

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Welcome to the Critical Legal Studies Assembly web page.

One goes to law school for a reason. It can be easy to lose sight of a bigger goal with the rigorous work that goes into our education, especially in the first year, where students are trying their best to gain their bearings in a new and complex field. If that bigger goal involves the pursuit of social change and justice, then it is crucial to look critically at our jurisprudence and determine what those terms ("change," "justice") can mean.

The Critical Legal Studies Assembly (CLSA) at UNC Law has been formed to establish meaningful discourse on these debates and discussions using a variety of critical tools utilized often in other disciplines and at times our own. These include: feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism and theories of economic justice, queer/LGBT theory, and more. The benefit of using these tools as a lens by which to dissect the law is to gain the ability to observe law as a fluid mechanism for societal organization. Discussion how law has developed can assist discussions on how law should be developed, and ideas on how the law can better serve the whole of human societies.

The Critical Legal Studies Assembly gained official status in the end of the term of Spring 2014. It was founded unofficially in Fall 2013 by Irving Figueroa and Rory Fleming. Prof. Maxine Eichner, who also teaches Critical Legal Theory at UNC, serves as the faculty adviser to the group.

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