Prof. Michael S. Paulsen

Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Michael Paulsen received his B.A. degree with distinction from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. degree in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for appellate advocacy. After graduation from law school, he joined the Department of Justice in the Criminal Division Honors Program, and has also served as staff counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. and as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel.

Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Paulsen served as the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law and Public Policy, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Professor Paulsen is among the nation's leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, and his publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, NYU Law Review, Texas Law Review, California Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among many others.

  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • M.A., Yale Divinity School
  • B.A., Northwestern University

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Publications and Multimedia
Religious Liberty after the USCCR Report - Event Audio/Video
2017 National Student Symposium
March 15, 2017
Ten Years of the Roberts Court - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2015
The Constitution: An Introduction
Short Video about the Constitution
September 18, 2015
The Constitution: An Introduction - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
May 07, 2015
Drones and Presidential Authority - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
The Unbearable Wrongness of Roe v. Wade - Event Audio/Video
Fordham Student Chapter
March 05, 2009
War Powers and the Executive - Event Audio
2009 Annual Student Symposium
February 28, 2009