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Barry P. McDonald

Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law


Professor McDonald teaches courses in constitutional Law, First Amendment law, comparative constitutional law, intellectual property law and contracts 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 Washington Post, 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 First Amendment law. Since joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2000, he has published numerous articles and essays 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

At Northwestern Law, Professor McDonald received the Order of the Coif, the Arlyn Miner Legal Writing Award, and was an associate editor of the Northwestern Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for the Chief Justice of the United States, William H. Rehnquist, during the 1989-90 Term of the Supreme Court, and before that the Honorable James K. Logan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Following his clerkships, Professor McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of State, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and served as general counsel to two different technology companies.

Professor McDonald is currently a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). He also serves on the Scholarly Research Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), and has served as a SEALS scholarship mentor for junior faculty. Professor McDonald is also a member of the Litigation Advisory Committee of the national board of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. In 2008, he served as the 2008 Chairperson of the Mass Communications Law Section of the AALS, and continues to serve on the section's Executive Committee.


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



  • Barry P. McDonald, SCOTUS's Shadiest Shadow Docket, 56 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 1021 (2021) SSRN HeinOnline

Media Writings and Events

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Constitutional law
  • U.S. Copyright law
  • Contract law


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