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Edward L. Barrett Jr.

Founding Dean and Professor of Law


J.D. UC Berkeley School of Law 1941

B.A. Utah State University 1938


Edward L. Barrett, Jr. is the founding dean of UC Davis School of Law.

Professor Barrett is a nationally renowned constitutional law and criminal procedure scholar and teacher. He has published two books, one of which is his widely-used Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 1985), and articles in leading law reviews across the country.

He was born in Wellington, Kansas, in 1917, and raised in Utah, receiving a bachelor's degree from Utah State University in 1938. He entered UC Berkeley School of Law in 1938, graduating first in his class in 1941. Professor Barrett worked with the California Judicial Council before joining the U.S. Navy in 1942. Professor Barrett joined the Berkeley faculty in 1946 and became Professor of Law in 1950. In 1957, he served for six months as special assistant to the Attorney General in Washington, D.C., where he assisted the development of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 -- the first major civil rights legislation since the Civil War. He was a Guggenheim Scholar in 1964 and became the first dean of UC Davis School of Law that same year.

Over the years, Professor Barrett has engaged in many other professional activities and remains an important member of the King Hall community.

Subject Areas

Constitutional Law