Pursuing the goal of anti-subordination activism through critical sociolegal scholarship, LatCrit’s Student Scholar Program (SSP) encourages those who might not otherwise consider a career in law teaching, particularly students and attorneys from historically underrepresented communities, to join the LatCrit community, a diverse group of counter-disciplinary scholars committed to the ongoing development of critical approaches to the study of law, policy and society.

Due to the recent change in the LatCrit conference (from annual to biennial), the SSP will accept applications for the 2014-15 academic year, with a submission deadline of August 1, 2015.

Applications are open to law, graduate or other professional students at an accredited university, and those who have received such a degree in the last three years. Applicants must be available to attend the entirety of the LatCrit 2015 Conference, including the LatCrit/SALT Faculty Development Workshop, which will convene from October 1-3, 2015.

A panel of distinguished faculty reviews the applications (detailed below) and selects the annual LatCrit Student Scholar(s), as well as any SSP Finalists.

Each Student Scholar receives mentorship, a travel stipend to present their paper at the biennial LatCrit conference, an in-kind award covering registration costs and meals, double-occupancy lodging, and the opportunity to publish in a LatCrit-affiliated symposium.

SSP Finalists receive recognition at the conference and the opportunity to present at it, as well as help in obtaining travel support from their alma mater.

Alums of the SSP are also eligible for additional LatCrit scholarships and professional development opportunities.

Since 2003, the SSP has helped twenty-nine (29) progressive students from across the Américas produce high quality critical sociolegal scholarship in furtherance of social justice activism, and seven (7) of them presently serve on the tenure-track faculty of law schools in the United States.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A fully completed application form available here;
  2. A current curriculum vitae or resume;
  3. A one-page personal statement explaining how the SSP will further the applicant’s intellectual and professional goals, and how the applicant fulfills the SSP’s goal to diversify the legal academy with activist scholars from historically under-represented communities; and
  4. An original, and previously unpublished, paper authored by the applicant of no more than 10,000 words (excluding citations), on any topic related to race, ethnicity, and the law.

Papers may address any critical aspect of race and the law, noting the below themes of particular interest:

  • Papers focusing on Latinas/os as a distinct but diverse social group, in relation to current legal regimes or practices;
  • Papers adopting a comparative approach to understanding a social group’s relationship to law and power relative to other axes of difference;
  • Papers discussing LatCrit theory in relation to other critical projects that theorize class, gender, race, sexuality and other socio-legal identities and relations; and
  • Papers embracing an international perspective, cognizant of the heightened South-North (as well as “East-West”) divide, and the critical of the impact of global neo-liberalism in the creation and maintenance of territorialized, identity-contingent, structural inequalities.

All application materials must be typed and submitted in English in a Microsoft Word format, with the essay’s word count displayed on its first page. All text, including footnotes (Bluebook citation format preferred), must be double spaced with one-inch margins on all sides.

For more information, please contact:
Professor Marc-Tizoc González, St. Thomas University School of Law,

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