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    Hello everyone!

    The Martin Center published an article yesterday from Case Western Law School Professor Jonathan H Adler on the need for greater intellectual diversity in the nation’s law school professoriate. He mentions the “analyses of law school hiring, political contributions, and legal scholarship all find left-right disparities” and how the few “token” right-leaning professors tend to be relegated to “private law subjects.”

    He also expresses frustration that the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Faculty Appointments Register (FAR) has thus far not allowed him to analyze its data citing privacy concerns. (This same data is routinely analyzed to research racial disparities in law school hiring. He concludes, “An analysis of ideological factors in hiring might likewise be illuminating.”

    We’ve discussed this topic before in various formats. (See http://admissionsboards.com/forums/topic/is-a-liberal-professoriate-affecting-ideological-diversity/ for one example.) What do you think of this topic? Do you fear a law school education may be suboptimal if you’re not exposed to a balanced professoriate? Georgetown Law Professor John Hasnas once stated, “Surely the robust exchange of ideas is enhanced by exposure to and interaction with people who have diverse political and philosophical viewpoints, not only cultural or ethnic backgrounds. Actually engaging with those with whom one disagrees can break down stereotypes and promote understanding across ideological divides.” Do you agree with that quote?

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    #52168

    Hello everyone!

    Just an update that a legal study titled The Legal Academy’s Ideological Uniformity was published today by professors from four top law schools and it found that 94% of the top 50 law schools are considered liberal. Furthermore, only 15% of law school professors are conservative while 35% of practicing lawyers identify as conservative. The study then controlled for individual characteristics and was able to narrow the 20% gap to 13%.

    You’re certainly free to click the link above to read the abstract and/or download the full paper, but the summary is the authors acknowledged the liberal ideological uniformity is marginalizing professors while also arguing that improving the ideological balance may not be possible without “sacrificing other values.”

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