Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean of the School of Law

Distinguished Professor of Law
Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law

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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 University of California, 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 also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School.

He is the author of ten books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court, published by Viking in 2014, and two books to be published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How the Supreme Court Made Your Rights Unenforceable and Renewing Free Speech on College Campuses (with Howard Gillman).  He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. 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.

Current Courses:

Appellate Litigation Clinic, Constitutional Analysis

Prior Courses:

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

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