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David S. Han

Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law


Professor Han’s scholarship focuses on First Amendment law and tort law. His work has been published in journals such as the New York University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Emory Law Journal, William and Mary Law Review, and Wisconsin Law Review.

At Pepperdine, Professor Han teaches in the areas of First Amendment law, tort law, and criminal procedure. Before joining the Pepperdine faculty, he was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. He also practiced as a litigation associate with Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, where he worked on a broad range of trial and appellate matters.

Professor Han is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He received a B.A. with distinction, magna cum laude, in English Language and Literature from Yale University. Before entering law school, he worked as a strategic planning analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as the notes chair of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable David H. Souter on the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • J.D., Harvard University, 2005, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Yale University, 2000, magna cum laude



  • David S. Han, Compelled Speech and Doctrinal Fluidity, 97 IND. L.J. 841 (2022) (symposium) SSRN


  • First Amendment Law
  • Torts