Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at UC Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.

Prior to assuming this position in 2008, he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and before that was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School from 1983-2004, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science.

He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court to be published by Viking in 2014, and more than 200 law review articles. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States. Dean Chemerinsky is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School.

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Visions of Change

Occasional notes from the Dean, articulating his vision for UC Irvine School of Law and providing progress reports.

Dean’s Advisory Boards

Civic, education, corporate and legal community leaders have worked for decades to bring a new public law school to California and continue to provide support.

Distinguished Lectures

Generous donors have enabled UC Irvine School of Law to host exclusive lectures by prominent legal figures to inform and inspire students, practicing lawyers and other community members.