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Bernard James, J.D.

Bernard James, J.D.

Professor of Law


Pepperdine School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

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Bernard James teaches courses in Civil Rights, Federalism, Individual Rights, First Amendment, Education Law, and State Constitutional Law. He joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984 after serving in Michigan as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls for the Court of Appeals. He has also taught education law to doctoral candidates at the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education.

Professor James is the author of the textbook Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary (Vandeplas Publishing 2009). He serves as a senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice where he published Sharing Information: A Guide to FERPA and Participation in Juvenile Justice Programs (DOJ Programs 1997).

Professor James specializes in constitutional matters, serving as the First Amendment Contributing Editor on the ABA Preview Journal, which reviews the cases of the United States Supreme Court. He is also serves as a contributor and editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety. He lectures in America and Canada on legal issues and serves as a constitutional law commentator for the national and local media.

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Education Law


  • J.D., University of Michigan, 1983
  • B.G.S., University of Michigan, 1977

Scholarship & Activities

Key Works

  • Bernard James, T.L.O. and Cell Phones: Student Privacy and Smart Devices After Riley v. California, 101 IOWA L. REV. 343 (2015) HeinOnline
  • Bernard James, Tinker in the Era of Judicial Deference: The Search for Bad Faith, 81 UMKC L.REV. 601 (2013) HeinOnline
  • Bernard James, SROs, Safe Schools, and the Interagency Agreement, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Spring 2010
  • Bernard James, Safe Schools and Special Education Students, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Spring 2009
  • Bernard James, The Safe Schools Movement and SRO Liability, NASRO J. SCHOOL SAFETY, Summer 2009

Additional Scholarship

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