Policy Practicum: Race, Gender and Prosecution


Course Code:
LAW 414L
2 - 3
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


This policy practicum will focus on the gender and racial diversity of prosecutors' offices in California. Although police departments have collected and reported data on racial and gender diversity for decades, no similar information has been publicly available for prosecutors' offices, despite the longstanding belief that diversity is important for criminal justice decision makers. Recent controversies around the country about the investigation and prosecution of killings by police officers have only underscored the continued importance of attention to the role that race plays in the administration of justice in our country. This practicum builds off data collected from county prosecutors' offices in California to start a national conversation on prosecutorial diversity and how it affects decision-making and operations of justice. Students will expand the study with research on other states and/or the federal criminal justice system, organize a national roundtable to identify ways to improve staff diversity in prosecutors' offices, and conduct case studies on select California county prosecutors' offices. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments. NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook.

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Autumn

Policy Practicum: Race, Gender and Prosecution LAW 414L Section 01 Class #31225

  • 2 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 4

Notes: Law Unit Limitation. R -Research Requirement for Law Degree.

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