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Professor Barry P. McDonald - Pepperdine School of Law

Barry P. McDonald, J.D.

Professor of Law

E-mail: barry.mcdonald@pepperdine.edu

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

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Professor McDonald teaches courses in constitutional Law, First Amendment law, comparative constitutional Law and copyright law. He is a recognized expert on constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is frequently interviewed or writes in such major media outlets as The New York Times, the CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, National Public Radio and the Los Angeles Times. He is also a recognized scholar in the area of constitutional law, and particularly First Amendment law. Since joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2000, he has published several articles on the law governing freedom of expression and religion in such prominent journals as the Emory Law Journal, Illinois Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal and Washington & Lee Law Review. His current projects include a book on the U.S. Constitution entitled Our Dangerous Written Constitution.

Professor McDonald graduated with honors from the Northwestern University School of Law. In law school, Professor McDonald received the Order of the Coif, the Arlyn Miner Legal Writing Award, and was an associate editor of the Northwestern Law Review. Upon graduation he clerked for the Honorable James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and then served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist during the 1989-90 Term of the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of State, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and as general counsel to two different technology companies.

He is currently a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). Professor McDonald serves on the Scholarly Research Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), and has also served as a SEALS scholarship mentor for junior faculty. Professor McDonald also serves on the Litigation Advisory Committee of the national board of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. He formerly served as the 2008 Chairperson of the Mass Communications Law Section of the AALS.

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Contracts Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1988, cum laude
  • B.B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, 1981

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