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GWU Law Students Worried About Ultra-Liberal Faculty
George Washington is One of the Most Liberal Law Schools in the Nation - Report
The National Jurist has just reported that of all the American law schools it was able to rank, 89% "fall on the liberal side of the divide." Even more off to the left, were only 16 law schools - including GWU's - which were labeled "Most Liberal."
Over 78% of the law schools "are on the liberal side," compared with about 25% of the general population which identifies as liberal.
GWU law students who identify as conservative or libertarian are worried that they will be penalized by their liberal law professors if they speak freely in their classes, at least according to GWU law professor Jonathan Turley.
Prof Turley also points to another study which he says "finds that only nine percent of law school professors identify as conservative at the top 50 law schools"; a very sharp [40%] drop from fifteen percent only a few years ago in 2017.
By all indications, things seem to have gone even further left from the moderate center, with law schools themselves adopting "woke" philosophies.
Thus a Wall Street Journal piece explained "Why the Lawyers Cartel is Pushing For Woke Law Schools," and the Heritage Foundation asked, apparently rhetorically, "Are Law Schools Now Woke Factories."
As a few examples of such recent developments, GWU Law School now has an Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion [JEDI], and the American Association of Law Schools [AALS] has a "Section for Law School Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Professionals"
Meanwhile, GWU's student newspaper just announced "plans to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion."
So it should be no surprise that many students are worried about being penalized for their views, and are increasingly concerned about what they may say or communicate in any way, even off campus and in private.
For example, at GWU one law student was referred for investigation for daring to use the word "Jew" in a private conversation, a member of a Jewish fraternity was suspended and was due to be expelled (before there was world-wide condemnation and threats of legal action) for briefly displaying an ancient religious symbol which another student momentarily mistook for a German swastika, and several students were investigated just for putting up posters by a famous artist which were critical of Communist China's human rights abuses.