Friday, October 5, 2007
Larry Ribstein's Advice for Erwin Chemerinsky: Real Diversity
Continuing our series of responses from various legal luminaries to the question: What is the single best idea for reforming legal education you would offer to Erwin Chemerinsky as he builds the law school at UC-Irvine?
Larry E. Ribstein (Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair, University of Illinois College of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Editor, Ideoblog):
We already have about 200 law schools, the vast majority of which try to do pretty much what every other school does, despite their attempts at superficial differentiation. What we need is true intellectual diversity. I have some thoughts on that (and echo Henry Manne's earlier thoughts on this topic). Chemerinsky's idea of a law school probably wouldn't be mine, but the precedent would encourage other flowers to bloom (a Hayek law school?).
For all the posts in the series, see here.