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Law Schools Need More Diversity — Intellectual Diversity

Students who go to law school will be taught largely by professors who are leftist and that is especially true in “public law” subjects like Constitutional Law. That disserves the students as well as the nation as a whole, since those students eventually become our lawyers, judges, and to a great extent, lawmakers.

In today’s Martin Center article, Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Law School makes the case for increased intellectual diversity on law-school faculties. “At many law schools,” Adler writes, “students rarely encounter the forceful articulation of right-of-center views. Thus it should be no surprise that many who study in American law schools fail to understand such views. Reading a book or some court opinions can only do so much.”

Adler and a small number of concerned professors have requested the Association of American Law Schools to allow them access to its data on law-faculty hiring so they can better document the ideological imbalance. The AALS has allowed others access to that data in the past, but has balked at giving this conservative/libertarian group similar access. Suddenly, concerns about privacy have arisen.

Summing up, Adler writes, “Law schools, as much as any other part of the academy, rely upon a robust exchange of views to further their pedagogical mission. Insofar as law school faculties fail to reflect and represent the range of views found within the legal profession — let alone society at large — it is difficult for law schools to fulfill their pedagogical aims. If law schools (and the AALS) were truer to their mission, they would do more to understand and address the causes and consequences of ideological uniformity on law school faculties.”

The Left prizes its position of dominance in education, especially in the education of the legal profession. Wresting even a small portion of legal teaching away from it will be a long, hard battle.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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