ARLINGTON, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - Controversy is once again swirling around Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School recently hired him to teach a course and it's not sitting well with some students.
Kavanaugh’s summer class, “Creation of the Constitution,” won't actually happen at the law school's Arlington campus. In fact, it's not even on U.S. soil. The course will take place nearly 3,600 miles in England.
Kavanaugh is now a distinguished visiting professor at the conservative-leaning George Mason University law school, which already has multiple supreme court justices on the payroll, including Neil Gorsuch, who is teaching another overseas course, and Clarence Thomas as a guest lecturer.
“We can be a school that's associated with Republicans, or we can be a Republican school, and it seems to be alienating a very large population of students,” law student Flisha Choi told FOX 5 Tuesday.
The outrage over decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct that arose during Kavanaugh's nomination is causing a stir. Roughly 3,500 law school and undergrad students signed a petition to terminate Kavanaugh’s contract.
“That does make a lot of sense that people would be concerned, well the confirmation hearings, people being concerned about what came up there,” said law student Aris Hart.
Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed to the nation's highest court after a second FBI investigation could not corroborate the allegations against him, but it became a flashpoint of the #MeToo Movement.
“It would be hard to separate those two things, I think, with Justice Kavanaugh in particular,” said Hart.
“I think the lash back is understandable, but overall I think it's better for our community to have the opportunity to learn from the justices,” said law student Mariah Latimer.
The law school denied FOX 5’s request to speak on camera, but did release a statement saying this is a "rare opportunity" for the students and part of what makes their law program "uniquely valuable."
This isn't Kavanaugh's first teaching gig. He taught at Harvard Law School before joining the high court.