Want to Take a Law School Course on Reproductive Rights? Might Be Hard to Find…

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) has completed its seven-year survey [PDF] of reproductive rights-related course offerings and instructor-led reading groups at the nation’s 197 law schools. The results are troubling for women’s health advocates:

  • Only 18% of responding law schools offered even a single reproductive rights law and justice course between 2003 and 2010.
  • Only thirty-two schools in 17 states offer reproductive rights courses.
  • Only three Pennsylvania law schools—University of Pittsburgh School of Law (taught by WLP Senior Staff Attorney Susan Frietsche), Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and University of Pennsylvania Law School—offer reproductive rights courses.

There is reason to hope that this picture is changing.  Significantly, 13 courses—over one-third of the total—were initiated in response to advocacy on the part of LSRJ students.

The power to defend our freedom begins with the ability to understand and value it.  We applaud those law schools that already offer coursework in this complex, fascinating, and evolving field of law, and congratulate LSRJ on their effective advocacy.  If your law school does not offer a reproductive rights course, the answer could lie in simply organizing and asking for it.

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2 Responses to Want to Take a Law School Course on Reproductive Rights? Might Be Hard to Find…

  1. LSRJ says:

    Law Students for Reproductive Justice leads a Course Campaign Working Group. Students who would like some support, tips, and tools in their course or legal clinic lobbying efforts can email info@lsrj.org for more information.

  2. Amanda says:

    My school did not have a reproductive rights class, though we did discuss the topic some in both my feminist jurisprudence class and my sexuality and the law class, as well as in con law.

    BC, class of 2010

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