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James M. McGoldrick Jr., J.D.
Professor of Law

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., University of Chicago, 1969
  • B.A., Pepperdine University, 1966

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Prior to beginning his career as a law professor, Professor McGoldrick worked for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as a trial attorney for the Tulare County Legal Services. During his over forty-year career at Pepperdine School of Law, he served eight years as associate dean for academics. As associate dean, he began the law school's popular London program, created the short summer sessions that brought in distinguished visitors such as Justices Rehnquist and Scalia and the then Solicitor General Kenneth Starr, and instituted Spring Break at the law school for which students stand eternally grateful. (Contrary to popular rumor, he did not invent pie.)

For some twenty-five years, Professor McGoldrick worked closely with the school's founding dean, Ronald Phillips, whom he considers the finest man that he has ever known. Professor McGoldrick has received best teaching awards as voted by the students, but not as many as he thinks he deserves. He has visited at other law schools in Miami, Boston, and at the University of Memphis where he was the distinguished visiting professor.



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  • James M. McGoldrick, Jr., Symbolic Speech: A Message From Mind to Mind, 61 OKLA. L. REV. 1 (2008) HeinOnline
  • James M. McGoldrick, Jr., Discretionary Points: A Grading Mystery, THE LAW TEACHER, Spring 2007, at 6
  • James M. McGoldrick, Jr., United States v. O'Brien Revisited: Of Burning Things, Waving Things, and G-Strings, 36 U. MEM. L. REV. 903 (2006) HeinOnline
  • James M. McGoldrick, Jr., Katzenbach v. McClung: The Abandonment of Federalism in the Name of Rational Basis, 14 BYU J. PUB. L. 1 (1999) HeinOnline

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