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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:00

From Dept of the Obvious: Liberal “ideological uniformity marginalizes law professors”

Written by  William A. Jacobson

And, in my view, contributes to the campus bubble

From the Department of the Obvious comes a recent research paper confirming what we already knew, law professors as a group are very liberal.

Paul Caron of Pepperdine Law School (aka TaxProf) highlights the research paper and commentary on it, bragging how BYU And Pepperdine Are The Most Ideologically Balanced Faculties Among The Top 50 Law Schools (2013).

The study is title The Legal Academy’s Ideological Uniformity (you can download it for free at the link). Here is the abstract:

We compare the ideological balance of the legal academy to the ideological balance of the legal profession. To do so, we match professors listed in the Association of American Law Schools Directory of Law Teachers and lawyers listed in the Martindale-Hubbell directory to a measure of political ideology based on political donations. We find that 15% of law professors, compared to 35% of lawyers, are conservative. After controlling for individual characteristics, however, this 20 percentage point ideological gap narrows to around 13 percentage points. We argue that this ideological uniformity marginalizes law professors, but that it may not be possible to improve the ideological balance of the legal academy without sacrificing other values.

Read more at LegalInsurrection

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