Yeshiva University Law School Mandates Curriculum Focused on Systemic Racism

The fight to mandate courses about systemic racism continues. Yeshiva University in New York is just the latest institution of higher learning to force students to study this school of thought.

Change to Curriculum at Law School

The Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University announced a new change to the curriculum on Thursday. This curriculum overhaul is reportedly engineered to assist incoming students in understanding “racism in the law.”

As part of the curriculum overhaul, the class of 2024 will be required to take at least one course from the list of available options, including Race and the Law, Critical Race Theory, Cross-Cultural Negotiation, and Indigenous Rights in the Americas.


Racial Issue Exploration Will Not Stop There

The official announcement about the new requirements also relayed that students will be taking a deeper dive into the topic of systemic racism with topics interspersed throughout the entirety of the curriculum. The new initiatives will be woven throughout many classes and not just the specific new courses mandated for incoming law school students.

Cardozo’s History

This is not the first time that the law school’s dean, Melanie Leslie, has fought to incorporate these teachings into the curriculum. Just last year, Leslie was part of a group of law school deans from across the nation who wrote to the American Bar Association of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar asking that the agency require that law schools address the issue.


Leslie has been clear that she believes that it is her duty as an educator to ensure that students are well-versed on issues of racism and discrimination, thus, her insistence on changing the curriculum.