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Building upon a groundbreaking academic program in law and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice provides experiential learning, research, and other opportunities for interdisciplinary inquiry that enhance the vibrant intellectual life at the College of Law. The Center seeks to bridge theory and practice, forge relationships with local, national, and global communities, and prepare students to take the lead in advancing justice. Our primary programs are the Joint Degree Program in Law and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), the Freedom Center Journal, and the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic.

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Joint Degree J.D./M.A. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The first of its kind in the nation, the J.D./M.A. program provides students the opportunity to engage in a rigorous, interdisciplinary study of the law. Students earn both degrees over the course of four years. The capstone experience of the program is a semester-long externship that allows students to work at a national public interest organization, such as the National Women’s Law Center, Equality Now, and the Women’s Law Project.

Freedom Center Journal

The Freedom Center Journal is a joint, scholarly publication of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Students participating in this interdisciplinary journal gain valuable research and writing skills, while examining issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic

The Clinic provides students with extensive training in the law of domestic violence and trial advocacy. Students represent victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and human trafficking. In addition, students have the opportunity to apply their practical experience to advance policies that help battered women and their families.