About Us

The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law confronts the laws, policies, and practices that lead to the oppression and marginalization of people of color. We believe that the racism that permeates our present day legal system has deep roots. By documenting the history of racism in America, elevating the stories of those affected by race-based inequality, and rigorously applying a racial lens to analyze unremitting disparities, we identify actionable, forward-looking solutions to address the injustices caused by racism and then take action. Read our annual report.

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Job Opportunity

The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU School of Law is seeking a full-time Coordinator to support the Center’s Faculty Directors, Executive Director, and general operations.

As we continue to struggle with the legacy of slavery and racism that has permeated our collective experience since this country’s inception, the Center is searching for a dynamic Coordinator to help us increase the impact of our work in the world. Specifically, we seek a motivated, highly-organized person who is excited to support the Center’s efforts to challenge racial inequity across multiple sectors within our society

Find out more about this position.

Center Submits Amicus Brief on Behalf of National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)

The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Black Law Students Association in the Supreme Court cases Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina, urging the Court to affirm the rulings of two lower courts upholding the race conscious admissions policies of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Read the full amicus brief

Latest Event

"Racing Religion: A Conversation with Sahar Aziz": Executive Director Jason Williamson and Professor Sahar Aziz discuss Professor Aziz's latest book and the long standing tension between race and religion in the United States.

Media: Deborah Archer on The Daily Show

Listen to Co-Faculty Director Deborah Archer discuss "How Racism is Built into America's Interstate Highways"

Recent Reports

Racial Segregation in Housing Policy (PDF: 20.7 MB) highlights some of the present-day policies and practices that continue to perpetuate a racial caste system in the United States.

Building Safe, Thriving Communities: Research-Based Strategies for Public Safety (PDF: 7.11 MB) lays out a new path for public safety using research-based strategies in policing, prosecution, and sentencing.

The Problem with Parole: New York's Failing System of Release makes policy recommendations to transform the parole system, putting redemption and rehabilitation first. 

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