Lawrence A. Alexander

Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Religion
Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Philosophy

  • LLB, 1968, Yale University
  • BA, 1965, Williams College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Alexander teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, and jurisprudence.

Professional Experience

Alexander was admitted to the California Bar in 1968. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1970.

Honors and Affiliations

Alexander serves on the editorial boards of the journals Law & Philosophy, Ethics, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. He is the co-editor of the international quarterly Legal Theory.

Key Works

Alexander’s publications include Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (with Ferzan) (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Demystifying Legal Reasoning (with Sherwin) (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Is There a Right of Freedom of Expression? (Cambridge University Press, 2006); The Rule of Rules: Morality, Rules, and the Dilemmas of Law (with Sherwin) (Duke University Press, 2001); "With Me It’s All 'Er Nuthin: Formalism in Law and Morality" in 66 University of Chicago Law Review 530 (1999); "On Extrajudicial Constitutional Interpretation" in 110 Harvard Law Review 1539 (with Schauer) (1997); "Self-Defense, Justification, and Excuse" in 22 Philosophy & Public Affairs 53 (1993); and "What Makes Wrongful Discrimination Wrong?" in 141 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 149 (1992).

Fall 2014 Classes

Spring 2015 Classes

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Contact Information

Legal Research Center 306
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2317

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


Cecilia Salanger
(619) 260-2320

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Thu 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tue 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mon 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.