- Understanding the basic regulatory structure of law as pertains to race and racial discrimination, with a specific focus on the constitutional parameters within which racial patterns of social power have been constituted and regulated.
- Learning the gaps, conflicts, and ambiguities in antidiscrimination law, and exploring the various interpretive and ideological mechanisms that have been deployed in the development of doctrine.
- Learning critical tools to analyze contemporary race ideologies with a particular focus on identifying how key ideologies such as colorblindness and race neutrality have adapted to racial conflict over time.
- Learning the role of advocacy and group mobilization in relationship to legal reform, with a particular focus on judicial activity in shaping the breadth and scope of antidiscrimination law;
- Understanding current controversies such as police accountability, racial violence, political participation and access to education through an historical and contemporary legal perspective.