Prof. Aaron Nielson

Associate Professor of Law, Brigham Young University

Professor Nielson teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, federal courts, antitrust, and administrative law.  His scholarship focuses on the relative competencies of courts, agencies, and legislatures to craft economic policy.  His publications have appeared in journals such as the Ohio State Law Review, Administrative Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Nielson was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he specialized in antitrust and appellate litigation.  He also served as a law clerk to Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Professor Nielson received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.  Following graduation, he was awarded a Harvard Law School Post-Graduate Research Fellowship.  Professor Nielson also received an LL.M with first class honors from the University of Cambridge, where he focused his studies on the institutions that regulate global competition and commerce.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in economics and political science.

  • JD from Harvard law School. Class of 2007.
    magna cum laude, National Editor - Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • LLM from University of Cambridge Faculty of Law. Class of 2006.
    First Class Honors, Bateman Scholar of Trinity Hall
  • BA from University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2003.
    summa cum laude, Robert Holtz memorial Prize as Most Outstanding Political Science Graduate, John Hope Franklin & Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Awards, W.E.B. Du Bois College House

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Publications and Multimedia
Simmons v. Himmelreich - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-15-16 featuring Aaron Nielson
June 15, 2016
Simmons v. Himmelreich - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-28-16 featuring Aaron Nielson
March 28, 2016
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc. - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 2-26-13 featuring Aaron Nielson
February 26, 2013
FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc. - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 12-17-12 featuring Aaron Nielson
December 17, 2012