This survey course examines the causal and remedial relationship of law to racial discrimination. Following a brief historical overview of the law's engagement with race, the course considers the development of civil rights claims in a number of areas such as education and voting. Competing visions of racial equality embedded in civil rights legislation, in case law and in legal discourse and theory are evaluated as well as critiques of traditional models of anti-discrimination law. Throughout we will seek to assess how the legal system has accommodated racism and racial subordination as well as the extent to which racial progress is both enabled and contained by law. During the semester, each student will complete a problem which explores the competing visions of racial equality through a specific case.