Texas Tech University

Civil Rights & Anti-Discrimination Law Concentration

1.1. Overview:

The School of Law's Civil Rights & Anti-Discrimination Law Concentration is designed for law students who are interested in topics related to civil rights and anti- discrimination.

1.2 2022-2023 Concentration Director:

Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Brock Professor of Law, will serve as the Concentration Director for the 2022-2023 academic year.

1.3 Concentration Requirements, In General:

To complete the Civil Rights & Anti-Discrimination Concentration, a law student must:

  1. Submit the Intent to Complete form attached to this document to the Concentration Director before the beginning of the student's final academic year at the Law School;
  2. Get approval from the Concentration Director for a faculty member to serve as the student's Concentration Advisor;
  3. Earn at least 15 credit hours by completing the required and elective courses stated below (see 1.4 below) and achieve at least a 2.80 cumulative grade point average in the required and elective concentration courses;
  4. Complete a scholarly research paper on a topic related to civil rights and anti-discrimination law (see 1.5 below); and
  5. Attend public events on topics related to civil rights and anti- discrimination law and timely submit a written description and reflection (see 1.6 below).

1.4  Required & Elective Concentration Courses:

  1. Every law student completing this concentration must earn 7 credit hours from the following required courses:

    Constitutional Law (4 credits)
    Civil Rights (3 credits)
  2. Every law student completing this concentration must earn 8 credit hours from the following elective courses:

    Discrimination in Employment (3 credits)
    Human Rights (3 credits)
    Independent Study (1-2 credits)
    Immigration Law (3 credits)
    Indigenous Justice (3 credits)
    Mental Disability Law (2 credits)
    Law, Gender & Sexuality (3 credits)
    Law & Religion (3 credits)
    Race and Racism (3 credits)
    Other elective approved by the Concentration Director

1.5  Scholarly Research Paper:

Every student completing this concentration must write a scholarly research
paper. The scholarly paper must be:

  1. At least 6,000 words, including footnotes, (the citation must follow the Bluebook rules and any other application citation rules);
  2. On a topic significantly related civil rights and anti-discrimination law, approved by the student's Concentration Advisor.

If the above requirements are met, the scholarly research paper may be (a) a paper that is used to satisfy the Law School's upper-level writing requirement, (b) a paper that was prepared for an independent research project or as a member of the Texas Tech Law Review or the Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal. The scholarly research paper may not, however, be a paper used to complete an independent study for the concentration.

If the paper was prepared for a course other than for an independent study for the concentration, the student must have received a grade of at least B on the paper (or in the course as a whole if the paper was not separately graded) or CR (credit) if the course or other independent study was graded CR/NL (credit/no credit). If the paper was not prepared for a course or an independent research project, the student's Concentration Advisor must conclude that the paper would have received a grade of at least B had it been submitted in a course.

1.6 Event Attendance Requirement:

After submitting the Intent to Complete Concentration form and getting approval for a Concentration Advisor, every student completing this concentration must attend at least five public events sponsored by the Law School or Texas Tech University that have a focus on civil rights or anti-discrimination. For each event, the student must submit a written description that also includes reflection. The description/reflection must be (a) a minimum of 500 words and (2) be submitted to the student's Concentration Advisor no later than three weeks after attending the public event (and no later than the last day of the semester in which the student is graduating).

1.7 Concentration Completion:

Each student is responsible for submitting a Requirements Summary form to the student's Concentration Advisor at least two weeks before graduation. The Concentration Advisor, in turn, will certify to Concentration Director and the Office of the Registrar that the law student seeking this concentration has completed the requirements. A “completion of concentration” notation will be noted on the student'slaw school transcript.

Concentration Contacts

Wendy-Adele Humphrey
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Brock Professor of Law; Director, Assessment

Intent To Complete Concentration