Justin Driver

Professor of Law


Justin Driver is Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in the area of constitutional law and is the author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind.

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J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004

M.S., Oxford University, 2000

M.A., Duke University, 1998

B.A., Brown University, 1997

Courses Taught


  • Constitutional Law
  • Education Law
  • Narratives from Prison
  • The Law of Racial Inequality

Justin Driver is Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He teaches and writes in the area of constitutional law and is the author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind. The book was selected as a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, an Editors’ Choice of the New York Times Book Review, and received an honorable mention, Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association, 2019.

A recipient of the American Society for Legal History’s William Nelson Cromwell Article Prize, Driver has a distinguished publication record in the nation’s leading law reviews. He has also written extensively for general audiences, including pieces in SlateThe AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. A member of the American Law Institute and of the American Constitution Society’s Academic Advisory Board, Driver is also an editor of the Supreme Court Review.

Previously, Driver was the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. Driver is a graduate of Brown, Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), Duke (where he received certification to teach public school), and Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review). After graduating from Harvard, Driver clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland, Justice Stephen Breyer, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Monday, October 19, 2020


Originalism in a diverse America: How does Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial philosophy square with who was left out of the Constitution?

Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in a Washington Post article about constitutional originalism.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Legal Scholars Worry About Affirmative Action and Civil Rights if Barrett is Confirmed

Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in a Diverse Issues in Higher Education article about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Where the Sick Get Sicker and the Sane Are Driven Mad: Behind Bars — A Commentary by Justin Driver

Justin Driver is Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, July 10, 2020


In a Term Full of Major Cases, the Supreme Court Tacked to the Center

Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in The New York Times about the most recent Supreme Court decisions.

Thursday, May 14, 2020


‘A momentous decision’: What the resolution of Detroit’s literacy case could mean for American schools

Professor of Law Justin Driver was interviewed by Chalkbeat regarding the recent federal court decision that found that students in the Detroit public school system have a constitutional right to basic education.

Monday, May 4, 2020


WATCH: Professor Driver Delivers Lecture at the U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Justin Driver delivered a lecture at the U.S. Supreme Court that recently aired on C-Span.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Federal Court Rules Detroit Students Were Denied Constitutional Right to Basic Education

Professor of Law Justin Driver appeared on the public radio show The Takeaway to discuss a decision by a federal court that declared American public school students have a constitutional right to an adequate education.

Monday, April 27, 2020


Detroit Students Have a Constitutional Right to Literacy, Court Rules

Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in the New York Times about a decision by a federal court that declared American public school students have a constitutional right to an adequate education. His book, The Schoolhouse Gate, was cited in the underlying decision.

Thursday, April 23, 2020


U.S. Appeals Court Recognizes a Federal Right of Access to Literacy

Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in Education Week about a recent decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (Cincinnati), that recognizes a fundamental federal right to a basic minimum education and access to literacy.

Monday, January 6, 2020


The Battle for the Constitution

Justin Driver is Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, December 5, 2019


Professor Driver on How the Courts Influence Public Schools

Justin Driver accepted a tenured appointment as Professor of Law at Yale Law School on July 1, 2019. Upon Professor Driver’s arrival in New Haven, the Yale Law Report sat down with him to discuss The Schoolhouse Gate’s contributions to legal scholarship.

Friday, November 15, 2019


'This Isn't Just About a Pronoun.' Teachers and Trans Students Are Clashing Over Whose Rights Come First

Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in an article about cases pending against public schools in Indiana, Virginia, and Ohio brought by teachers who say they were disciplined for refusing to use the preferred names or pronouns of transgender students.

Thursday, July 25, 2019


45 years later, this case is still shaping school segregation in Detroit — and America

Professor of Law Justin Driver is quoted in an article about the legacy of Milliken v. Bradley in Detroit.

Monday, March 18, 2019


Professor Justin Driver to Join Yale Law School Faculty

Dean Heather K. Gerken has announced the appointment of Justin Driver to the Yale Law School faculty as Professor of Law effective July 1, 2019.