Explore the Role of Law in Shaping a Just and Equitable Society

How does the practice of law support the rights of people? What role does the law play in creating equal opportunity throughout society? In this course, you’ll explore the mechanics of the legal system; and the complexities of ownership rights, employment law, and access to education. Learn about the crossroads between civil rights and the law, and discover how the law can shape and protect an equitable society.

Program Dates

Multi-length courses available throughout the year


For students ages 13 and up



Discover How Law Helps Support Equal Opportunity

Consider the Influence of Law in Shaping Society

Study law’s influence on daily life. Understand how laws transform society. Trace the civil rights movement, and discover how law can be harnessed to ignite change.

Learn How our Legal System Views Property Ownership

Understand the difference between community property and private ownership. Review the concept of intellectual property and how ownership is established. Explore real-world legal disputes through case studies.

Identify Fundamental Workers’ Rights Under Employment Laws

Explore topics like right to work, and equal pay for equal work. Recognize the relationship between civil rights and employment, and define ethical considerations of employment laws.

Analyze the Application of Educational Rights 

Analyze the spectrum of educational rights, including the right to free public education. Examine ethical issues related to education and students’ rights. 

Consider the Limits of the Law Around the Concept of Justice

Investigate the concept of justice and how it is realized. See how rights are accessed and protected. Study the conflict between equality and equity of outcomes.

Learn About Potential Careers in Law

Topics in this course reveal potential career options available to those with an interest in law. These options include work in criminal law, civil litigation, civil rights, and education law attorney. 

How You Will Benefit

  • Be able to define the basic principles of law and its impact on society.
  • Know how to analyze the role law has in shaping a just world with equal opportunity.
  • Be able to identify solutions to legal challenges related to property ownership, employment rights, and education.
  • Know the ethical dimensions of legal issues and the interplay between law, justice, and societal norms.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Rice University.

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Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Capstone Project

Imagine you are a member of a legal task force. Your assignment? Identify three interconnected societal challenges: 

  1. Access to education
  2. Labor rights
  3. Property ownership

Develop a holistic proposal that effectively tackles these three challenges through legal solutions.


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments. 
  • Inspiration, motivation, and confidence to help you excel in your studies. 
  • Brainstorming and ideation to help you prepare for your capstone project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lectures that allow you to tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20-30 hours of total instruction and course work, 
  • Tech-forward interactions, including engaging multimedia, real-life simulations, and curated assignments.
  • Guidance and support from mentors.

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

June 2 - June 16

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,495.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 26, 2024

June 9 - June 23

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,495.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2024

June 9 - July 7

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1,495.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2024

All course options have the same educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

Dr. Richard Anthony Baker

Course Designed by Rice University Faculty

Dr. Richard Anthony Baker

Executive Director for People, Equity, & Talent Department, Rice University

Dr. Baker manages three units within Human Resources: Employee Relations, Access Equity and Equal Opportunity and Organizational and Talent Development. He also teaches “Foresight in Social Justice '' in Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies’ Master of Liberal Studies Program. Dr. Baker is also the Immediate Past President of the board for the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity and has the distinction of being the first African American to obtain a doctorate of jurisprudence and graduate degrees in Public Administration (M.P.A.) and Higher Education (Ph.D.) from Texas Tech University.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

  • Haven’t applied to the program, complete your application now. The scholarship application is included.
  • Applied to the program and didn’t fill out a scholarship request, resume your application and click “Apply for Scholarship”.
  • Are unsure about whether or not you applied for a scholarship, reach out to us at support@precollege.rice.edu for assistance.