Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean of the School of Law

Distinguished Professor of Law
Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law

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Expertise:

Constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, appellate litigation

Background:

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.

Current Courses:

Constitutional Analysis I

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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