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The Malign Impact of the Ford Foundation

Writing for the Capital Research Center, Walter Olson details the efforts of the Ford Foundation to change the character of American law schools. Because of the foundation’s money, their curricula include much more activism and emphasis on “social justice” nostrums:

For over half a century, the Ford Foundation has quietly worked to turn the nation’s law schools into agents of Sixties-style “social change.”  Other donors like Carnegie, Soros, and MacArthur have followed Ford’s path, and the result can be seen in landmark Supreme Court decisions, the plethora of politicized “legal clinics” on campus, and the courts’ growing willingness to defer to “international law.”

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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