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Michael Paulsen

Distinguished University Chair and Professor
Degree
J.D., Yale Law School
M.A., Yale Divinity School
B.A., Northwestern University
Office
MSL 420
Phone
(651) 962-4831
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4831
Mail
1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015

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. 

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 600 - 01 Civil Procedure M - W - F - - 0900 - 1015 MSL 235
CRN: 43283 Instructor: Michael S. Paulsen This course will examine how civil litigation is conducted from the initiation of a lawsuit to its final resolution in a trial court. Students will examine issues relating to pleadings, joinder of claims and parties, discovery, summary judgment, motions for judgment as a matter of law, motions for a new trial, post-trial motions, and ethical limitations on pleadings and motions. The course may include a brief introduction to subject matter and/or personal jurisdiction.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 768 - 01 Federal Jurisdiction M - W - - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 244
CRN: 43147 Instructor: Michael S. Paulsen This course will examine the powers and limits of federal courts, with a focus on the federal courts' relationship to state courts (federalism) and to Congress and the federal executive branch (separation of powers). Topics will include standing to sue, the power of Congress to restrict the jurisdiction of the federal courts, the obligation of federal courts to apply state law, abstention by the federal courts in favor of state court decision making, the federal courts' power to issue writs of habeas corpus, constitutional limits on suits against states and a brief introduction to 42 U.S.C. 1983 and other leading federal civil rights statutes.

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LAWS 844 - 01 Lincoln and the Constitution - T - - - - - 1530 - 1725 MSL 244
CRN: 43160 Instructor: Michael S. Paulsen

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LAWS 950 - 18 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43234 Instructor: Michael S. Paulsen Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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