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 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 Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and Free Speech on Campus (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. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. In January 2017, 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
- Oct. 7, 2016:
Speaker, Police Accountability and Closing Remarks, Race and Policing Symposium, UC Irvine
- 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