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Monday, June 06, 2016

Campus Activism at Law Schools

I just finished reading Nathan Heller's characteristically excellent essay in the New Yorker on campus activism.  I thought there was not much new to say on the topic, but Heller manages to do so.  Particularly interesting was his unbundling Millennials into two meaningfully different social groups.

Has there been campus activism of similar scope on law school campuses the past year? I have read of a little, but I wonder if there is more.  During the 1960's, law schools featured much less activism than main campus, although Laura Kalman's excellent book on Yale Law School does provide examples of it at Yale, and there are other studies.  Law school activism writ large never matched main campus activism writ large.  

I wonder if something similar is happening this time around.

Posted by David Fontana on June 6, 2016 at 06:53 PM | Permalink


Can you please specify what you mean by "campus activism"? Generally speaking, I think that "activism" is probably pretty rampant at all schools, as it has been for decades--and that's a very good thing. But if, instead, you're referring to what Heller describes at Oberlin, well, . . . I suspect that (not for the first time) Oberlin isn't very representative of anything, in undergrad or law schools (and Heller's description probably doesn't reflect 90+% of Oberlin students, either).

Posted by: Marty Lederman | Jun 7, 2016 10:46:16 AM

Yes! But developments at one school or even a few schools do not make for a trend like what we are seeing on main campus.

Posted by: David Fontana | Jun 7, 2016 9:53:35 AM

One or two developments may have taken place at Harvard Law School this year.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Jun 7, 2016 9:37:12 AM

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