Study: Law Faculties Short on White Christians, Republicans

Karen Sloan, National Law Journal, March 24, 2015

The demographic groups most underrepresented on law faculties include white Christians and Republicans, according to research by Northwestern University School of Law professor James Lindgren.

His working paper, “Measuring Diversity: Law Faculties in 1997 and 2013,” challenges the notion that women and minorities are underrepresented in teaching the law. Those groups actually have made significant gains, he said.

But viewpoint diversity did not improve. For example, 59 percent of lawyers in 2013 identified as white Christians, and that group comprised nearly 57 percent of the working population. Yet white Christians made up just 34 percent of law professors.

Republican men comprised 23 percent of both the working population and lawyers, but only 10 percent of law professors.

Conversely, Lindgren found that women were slightly overrepresented on law faculties compared to the pool of lawyers—nearly 36 percent of professors but only 32 percent of lawyers. Women overall accounted for 45 percent of the working population.

“In proportional terms, the most underrepresented large group in law teaching is female Republicans, which are at only 5 percent of parity with the working population and 9 percent of parity with the lawyer population,” Lindgren (left) wrote.

“On law faculties there are about 10 times as many Jewish women as Republican women, though in the full-time working population there are 24 times as many Republican women as Jewish women.”

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“After four decades of hiring to make law professors more representative of American society, law faculties are probably less representative ideologically than they have been for at least several decades,” Lindgren wrote in his paper.

Essentially, the increase in women and minority law professors has boosted the percentage of left-learning faculty, Lindgren concluded. At the same time, white faculty members are largely Democrats when the white population is skewing Republican.

Lindgren argues that law schools should take a broader view of faculty diversity, rather than focus solely on racial and gender groups that historically have been discriminated against.

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  • Those who can, do. Those who can’t, get affirmative action law school tenure.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The downside is that US law students are being indoctrinated by Cultural Marxist Elena Kagan-types.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        …and worse: Barack Hussein Obama types…

        • Rustler

          How is Obama worse than Kagan?

          • Earl P. Holt III

            As the first Communist President, the Corrupt Leftist Media have made him impervious to criticism, Impeachment and scrutiny of any kind. Kagan, not so much…

          • MikeofAges

            He’s less fun. Kagan could have been a good comedian, if she hadn’t been in the law. With his histrionic talents, perhaps Obama could have learned stand up. He’s a decent stand up comedian as it is, no John F. Kennedy, but decent. Still, I think Kagan had more potential. Could you imagine her as one of those talk-dirty Jewish female comedians?

    • Rustler

      Control the institutions and you control the society. Tenured law school faculty is a good gig and a lot of these folks make good money in side work. Looks good on a resume too. Imagine the good guys had gigs like that. Sure would help us.

  • MekongDelta69

    And thus (obviously), is how you get the present-day judiciary.

  • JohnEngelman

    The author seems to be advocating affirmative action in favor of white Christian Republicans.

  • Groovy

    According to Eugene Volokov UCLA Law faculty has 5 or 6 Republicans out of more than 80 members

    • Usually Much Calmer

      ‘Volokh’

  • Speedy Steve

    I live near DC where there are so many lawyers that they are using them instead of lab rats at NIH. Anyway, plumbers and electricians can earn more money.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      So long as they experiment on the Criminal Defense Attorneys and Plaintiff’s Attorneys, I have no qualms with the NIH research alluded to…

      • Speedy Steve

        The joke from 30 years ago also mentioned that rats are quite cute and the lab workers didn’t like seeing them suffer from cancer. And there are some things that lab rats simply won’t do.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    More jibberish form the equalityaholics.

  • LHathaway

    “law schools should take a broader view of faculty diversity, rather than focus solely on racial and gender groups that historically have been discriminated against”.

    He’s being too modest. Every law school should have a White Lawyers association affiliated with it. Several for Whites and for men. Since there are none now, zero, and there has not been any, none, zero, anywhere in the nation going on a long period of time now, these groups should be given preference – if not given sole accreditation for a period of time. 40 to 60 years would seem appropriate, but lets not be lukewarm in our support of justice.

    Apparently, sometimes diversity is vitally important. Other times it’s just too much work.

  • listenupbub

    I’d say that this is mostly due to merit.

    Not that merit has anything to do with “diversity” when it is against the interests of whites…

    It is truly troubling that our lawyers have such an echo chamber of an education. It is also troubling that free speech is so effectively stifled in the echo chamber.

  • Robert block

    Actually, law professors are highly paid; professors from elite law schools absurdly so. The richest corporate partners make better money with worse alpha, but the income of the Professoriate well exceeds the mean income of practitioners. Nor are law professors losers who “can’t do”. They impact courts and legislation. They make policy. They argue appellate cases. This is an informal power-cluster that is comparable to elite media but even less visible to the average voter. Whites are not excluded by accident and they pay a high price for their exclusion. You can’t get people excited about law professors but they matter critically in this society.

    • Veritas

      The Law Professors of today indoctrinate law students who go on to a) work for leftist organizations such as the ACLU and SPLC b) engage in constant discrimination lawsuits c) become activist judges pushing a leftist agenda d) become Democratic party legislators and U.S. Presidents, and in general, wage war on whites. One major reason whites are in the mess they are in today is a failure to engage the enemy and take back the battlefield (figuratively speaking) on so many fronts. White conservatives should be actively and aggressively competing for these Law School positions.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Many become prosecutors, many are in a General Practice, and many more defend insurance companies and individuals from “Ambulance Chasers”: You just don’t hear about them much, because they lead very conservative lives, and take an honorable and responsible approach to the law…

    • As a former NYC corporate finance lawyer, I can say you are entirely correct.

      • Rustler

        Conservative white Christians are losers in American today. They like to assuage themselves with sour grapes nonsense — “our people are too good for those powerful, lucrative jobs.” They are not fooling anyone else. We even have this pathetic silliness on white nationalist sites like this where one would think people would know better.

    • Alden

      Probably the most important criminal law ever written the last century was the RICO law
      It was written by a Notre Dane university law professor Ribert Blakeky
      Alan Dershowitz is incredibly influential

      • Earl P. Holt III

        I don’t think Dershowitz is as leftist as he used to be: I think the threat to Israel posed by the Bolshevik in the White House has “concentrated his mind like his hanging in a fortnight,” as they used to quip in NATIONAL REVIEW…

  • Sick of it

    Which explains the strong Christian faith of the German people until they were conquered by a foreign group. Oh wait.

  • Jason Lewis

    I’m sure many are pushed out after their political affiliation is found out.

  • yarpos .

    What? Comparing political affiliation with religion? How is that useful or sensible?

  • rebelcelt

    Trey Gowdy made mincemeat of that law professor in his hearings. He showed that these professors are jokes. Jeez look at Obama, no one considers him smart anymore.

    • Rustler

      Trey Gowdy, the dirtbag who wants more “guest workers?”

      • rebelcelt

        Probably the same guy…..I hate that about him. But, he still made mincemeat out of the professor.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Progressives (crypto/pseudo-Marxists) dominate all sorts of areas in higher education. And use their positions to advocate ideology.

    This seems a potentially subversive, but relevant area of study for a rebel Sociology type. One that could make a name without destroying career potential – Ideological Diversity in Academia. How ideologically diverse are various disciplines in terms of prof types, how does this impact pedagogy, etc.

    And this would have nothing to do with the bugaboo of race – just putting some of the most egregious academic ideologues in an interesting position while doing useful work that contributes to the body of knowledge…

  • Earl P. Holt III

    The quip around Washington in the 1980s was that Reagan had raided the Law School faculties for conservative judicial appointees to the extent that there weren’t any left in academia.

  • slobotnavich

    JHC, soon you won’t even be able to get a good lawyer in this country. I hope these cretinous bureaucrats have nothing to say about the personnel selection of those in charge of our nuclear stockpile.

  • Rustler

    Get a clue, whites are not being primarily replaced at law school faculties with blacks, Hispanics or pagans, but another group.

    • Germanicus

      Yes, and Dr. X’s point–in ageement with yours–can be interpretted to mean that a certain group to which I presume you refer, a non-White group that hates (Christian, White) America, is acting hegemoniously. You both have expressed statements that are possibly, even likely, true. So, “White” equals European, non-semitic, White.

  • John Smith

    REAL diversity is actually a bad thing for the Left.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Isn’t “Diversity “a type of Jujitsu?

  • Fr. John+

    OK, are you that bigoted or just damn stupid- or both!?

    I am highly insulted. I am an academic I would love to have a F/T gig like some of these suckerfish types, I speak four foreign languages fluently, I am a Christian, and have a damn good IQ. So, where’s YOUR vita?

  • adplatt126

    “On law faculties there are about 10 times as many Jewish women as
    Republican women, though in the full-time working population there are
    24 times as many Republican women as Jewish women.”
    Wow. White, female lawyers: the American Palestinians. Unpeople.

  • Fr. John+

    Gee, let’s see. Education corrupted and overtaken by the Frankfurt School, starting with Columbia in the early 1900’s all with the avowed intent to corrupt and brainwash?

    Can’t imagine why that is….