Michael Stokes Paulsen

22 articles , podcasts & forums by Michael Stokes Paulsen.

The Uselessness of Constitutional Law

Why do we teach “Constitutional Law” in law schools? What is the point, really? Do we teach Constitutional Law in order to teach legal methodology and sound legal reasoning? (That question probably begs laughter.) Or is it to teach knowledge deemed essential for “citizenship” in some sense, and especially for lawyer-citizenship – kind of a “Civics for Lawyers” rationale?

Michael Stokes Paulsen is Distinguished University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, where he has taught since 2007. He is co-author, with Luke Paulsen, of The Constitution: An Introduction (Basic Books, 2015).