Dean of the School of Law
Distinguished Professor of Law
Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law
Constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, appellate litigation
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.
Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that, he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law. Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.
His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Federal Courts, Writing for the Law Review, Constitutional Analysis I, First Amendment Law, Externship course, Capstone: Free Speech Rights on College Campuses, Constitutional Analysis II, The First Amendment and Labor
- Book: The Case Against the Supreme Court (September 2014)
- Book: The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (October 2010)
- Full list of Dean Chemerinsky's books
- Opinion pieces in various media
- Dean Chemerinsky's Scholarly Papers on SSRN
- July 10, 2014:
Panelist, 4th Annual Supreme Court Term in Review, UCI Law
- Feb. 22, 2014:
Panelist, “Rights and Access to Legal Services,” Prisoners’ Access to Justice: Exploring Legal, Medical, and Educational Rights, UCI Law
- Oct. 7, 2013:
Centennial Lecturer at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, “Has the Supreme Court Lost Faith in the Courts?”
- July 19, 2013:
Panelist, 3rd Annual Supreme Court Term in Review, UCI Law
- July 17, 2012:
Panelist, 2nd Annual Supreme Court Term in Review, UCI Law
- July 13, 2011:
Panelist, First Annual Supreme Court Term in Review, UCI Law