Lawrence Sager

Distinguished Scholar in Residence, UCLA Law and Philosophy Program
Visiting Professor

  • B.A. Pomona College, 1963
  • LL.B. Columbia University School of Law, 1966

Lawrence Sager teaches Religious Liberty.  He is currently Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, where he also served as Dean from 2002 to 2006.

Professor Sager is one of the nation's preeminent constitutional theorists and scholars. Professor Sager went to Texas from New York University School of Law, where he was the Robert B. McKay Professor and Co-Founder of the Program in Law, Philosophy & Social Theory. Professor Sager was a Professor of Law at UCLA from 1966 to 1971. He has also taught at Harvard, Princeton, Boston University, and the University of Michigan. Professor Sager is the author or co-author of dozens of articles, many now classics in the canon of legal scholarship. He the author of two books: Justice in Plainclothes: a Theory of American Constitutional Practice (Yale Univ. Press), and Religious Freedom and the Constitution (with Christopher Eisgruber) (Harvard Univ. Press).

Some of Professor Sager’s recent publications include “Congress's Authority to Enact the Violence Against Women Act: One More Pass at the Missing Argument,” 121 Yale Law Journal Online 629 (2012) and "Equal Membership, Religious Freedom, and the Idea of a Homeland", in Religion and the Discourse of Human Rights (with Christopher Eisgruber) (Dagan, Lifshitz and Stern, ed., Israel Democracy Institute 2014).