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Professor Peter Irons, Ph.D.,M.A., J.D.

Professor Peter Irons
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Boston University, Harvard Law School
Most of the conflicts that reach the Supreme Court reflect the tremendous diversity in American society. That diversity is part of the nation’s strength, of course, as people of different backgrounds and values work together to achieve common goals.

Dr. Peter Irons is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his undergraduate degree from Antioch College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Before taking his position at San Diego, Professor Irons taught at Boston College Law School and the University of Massachusetts. He has been a visiting professor at several law schools and served as the Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Rutgers University in 1988. A widely respected authority on the Supreme Court and constitutional litigation, Professor Irons wrote and edited 12 books, including Jim Crow's Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision. His books have won an unprecedented five ìSilver Gavelî awards from the American Bar Association for their contributions to ìpublic understanding of the American legal system.î Professor Irons received Outstanding Teaching Awards from three of the UCSD colleges. Professor Irons is also an active civil rights and liberties lawyer, and belongs to several state and federal bars, including the United States Supreme Court.


"This was a subject I had given little thought to, but Professor Irons made it absolutely fascinating. The stories of the people involved in these cases made the legal issues come alive."

3 Courses and Sets

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3 Courses and Sets

  1. History of the Supreme Court Sale

    History of the Supreme Court

    Peter Irons
    4.3 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this series
    Save up to $320.00 Starting at $29.95 $54.95 $29.95$54.95
    The Supreme Court has defined the boundaries of our speech and actions since its first meeting in 1790, adding to our history books names such as Justices Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, and Warren Burger, and landmark trials including Roe v. Wade and Dred Scott v. John Sandford. You will have a front-row seat with Professor Peter Irons as you hear lawyers actually arguing before the Court, and examine the themes of...
  2. (Set) Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights & History of the Supreme Court  Set on sale

    (Set) Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights & History of the Supreme Court

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $652.00 Starting at $53.90 $97.90 $53.90$97.90
    Gain insights into the history of our nation's civil liberties and the judicial institution influential in protecting and defining them with this two-course set. In Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights, examine the legal evolution of specific liberties and rights, including due process and privacy, freedom of speech and of religion, equal protection, and more. Complement this course with The History of the Supreme...
  3. (Set) History of the Supreme Court/Civil War Set on sale

    (Set) History of the Supreme Court/Civil War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $730.00 Starting at $70.90 $164.90 $70.90$164.90
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