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Diane Curtis

Diane Curtis

Professional Title: 

Senior Lecturer II of Legal Studies
Director of Pre-Law Advising


210 Thompson

Phone Number: 



Office Hours: 

Spring 2024: Pre-Law Advising and course office hours -- MW 9am - 2pm


JD, New York University School of Law


I bring a non-traditional path to my teaching and advising: years of AIDS and women's health activism led to law school and a career as a litigator, first in reproductive rights, and then in domestic violence and family law. I have been a pre-law advisor since 2004, developing a strong commitment to increasing access to legal education and diversifying the legal profession. I've taught in law schools, in a paralegal certification program, and, since 2008, at UMass. My current teaching focuses primarily on constitutional law, the intersections between state power and individuals and their families, and legal reasoning. 

Area of Study: 

  • Public law


  • Legal Studies