Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism

  • JD, DCL, 1985, Yale Law School
  • BA, 1981, Binghamton University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Rappaport teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, constitutional history and legislation. His principal areas of research are originalism, separation of powers, federalism, and supermajority rules.

Professional Experience

Rappaport serves as the director of USD’s Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1991.

Key Works

Rappaport's publications include “Originalism and the Colorblind Constitution” in 89 Notre Dame Law Review 71 (2013); Originalism and the Good Constitution (with McGinnis) (Harvard University Press, 2013); “The National Convention Constitutional Amendment Method: Defects, Federalism Implications, and Reform” in 96 Virginia Law Review 1509 (2010); and “Original Methods Originalism: A New Theory of Interpretation and the Case Against Construction” in 103 Northwestern Law Review 751 (with McGinnis) (2009).

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Legal Research Center 316
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2329

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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(619) 260-2320

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Mon 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.