Dershowitz says law professors today turning out ideologues, not constitutional scholars

Harvard Law Professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz argues U.S. law schools are producing legal activists being taught what to think, not how to think.

Updated: September 28, 2022 - 1:31pm

Harvard Law Professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz says law school students are now graduating more like activists than critical thinkers. 

"What's happening is law schools are turning them out and colleges are turning them out," Dershowitz said on the Tuesday edition of the "Just the News, Not Noise" TV show. "When I taught at law school for 50 years, I never expressed my opinions about anything. I didn't want to teach my students what to think. I wanted to teach them how to think and that's no longer happening in law schools."

Dershowitz also argued that professors inject opinion into instruction is making the Constitution seem irrelevant. 

"We're turning out lawyers who are doctrinaire and polemical and ideological," he said. "And the current view in law school is that [former President Trump] and his associates are so bad. And this is so different than anything we've ever experienced before. The idea that the Constitution is not relevant and that we should change the Constitution or abandon the Constitution – people don't know history."

Dershowitz also raised concerns Tuesday about so-called "Big Tech" – technology companies that continue to become more influential the world continues to become more an online society – particularly about governments allegedly working in hand with such companies to promote some messages while silencing others.

"The connections between the private industry and the government is becoming one of the great issues of the 21st century," he said. "It brings questions such as whether or not Google and Facebook have to take instructions from the government.

"I'm a big supporter of vaccinations for for COVID. But I'm not a big supporter of the government telling Facebook that they have to ban people who have different points of view. The greatness of America has always been different points of view, nuance, calibration, and complexity," Dershowitz explained. "That's what democracy should be about not single minded solutions."

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