Paul L. Caron

Monday, August 21, 2006

Demographics of the Class of 2009: Teaching Blue State Law Students in a Red State Law School

Cincinnati_logo_3With most law schools having already started classes or starting this week, I thought it would be interesting to share some demographic information from the entering law school class of 2009 at Cincinnati.  I taught a section of 36 incoming 1Ls in our week-long Introduction to Law course last week, and asked them a series of anonymous demographic questions via eInstruction handhelds.  Here are some of the interesting results:

What is your political party affiliation?

  • 36% Democrat
  • 33% Republican
  • 22% Independent
  •   8% Other

Whom did you support in the 2004 Presidential election?

  • 58% John Kerry
  • 36% George Bush
  •   3% Ralph Nader
  •   3% Other

The current U.S. Supreme Court is:

  •   3% Too Liberal
  • 49% Too Conservative
  • 49% Just Right

How would you describe your judicial philosophy?

  •   9% Very Liberal
  • 23% Somewhat Liberal
  • 49% Moderate
  • 14% Somewhat Conservative
  •   6% Very Conservative

Although still generally "blue," this snippet of the Class of 2009 is much "redder" than the Class of 2008.

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How about asking the same demographic questions after three years of law school?

Posted by: livelytom | Aug 24, 2006 4:18:50 PM

How can anyone think Cabana Boy is moderate?

I have a feeling their view of "moderate" is different from my view of "moderate."

And why did they choose to attend a red state school?

Although I don't really know if Ohio can be considered a red state.

Posted by: grlzjustwant2havefun | Aug 21, 2006 1:39:07 PM