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September 14, 2011

The Audience for Law School Events

As the new head of the California International Law Center (CILC), I find myself thinking about the audience for the events I now host at the Law School.  The Law School student body at Davis is 600, the student body on the campus at large is more than 30,000.  Yet, I suspect that a non-law student in the audience of a public lecture remains rather rare. Given the fact that many talks are intended for a general audience, rather than for those steeped in legal knowledge, I often feel that the general university community is missing opportunities for edification.

Is this true of law schools around the country? Do some law schools make stronger (or more successful) efforts to promote events to a broader community?  Should law schools work with other units to promote events? Are there good ways to publicize events of interest to the broader community interested in environmental issues, or international legal issues, or technology law issues?  I suspect that the answers will lie (seemingly paradoxically) in both the Internet and in personal contacts.

Anupam Chander

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Great questions, Anupam, though I would flip it around a bit and inquire whether you attend (or encourage your students to attend) non-law stuff at Davis. I fear that law schools tend to have a "silo" existence inside universities for a variety of problematic reasons.

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 15, 2011 9:35:25 AM

Great point, Doug. I myself do occasionally venture off campus, but not as often as I should. And I rarely encourage my students to do so.

Posted by: Anupam | Sep 15, 2011 10:20:41 PM

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