University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Amy Wax will no longer teach required first-year courses after a video recorded last year recently resurfaced in which she claimed black law students at Penn underperform academically.
Law Dean Ted Ruger informed law students in an email Tuesday evening that he had decided that Wax will teach only elective courses next year. (She has previously taught civil procedure in addition to upper-level courses.) Ruger said the move was not an attack on Wax’s academic freedom, but a bid to ensure black law students don’t face undue pressures should they be assigned to a required course she teaches.
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