Boston University School of Law
jay wexler

Jay D. Wexler

Professor of Law
BA, magna cum laude, Harvard University
MA, University of Chicago Divinity School
JD, Stanford Law School

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Phone: 617-353-2789

Areas of Expertise:
  • Law and Religion
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Legislation
  • Natural Resources Law
Recent Course Topics:
  • American Indian Law
  • Environmental Law
  • First Amendment
  • Law and Religion
  • Legislation


Professor Jay Wexler has taught at Boston University School of Law since 2001. He earned tenure in 2007 and was awarded the Michael Melton Award for Excellence in Teaching at the law school in 2009. Professor Wexler’s scholarship focuses on church-state law. His articles, essays, and reviews have been published in the BYU Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and William and Mary Law Review, among other places.

Professor Wexler has published two non-fiction books with Beacon Press in Boston, and one work of fiction with Quid Pro Books. His forthcoming non-fiction book will focus on worldwide clashes between religious practices and environmental protection, and will also be published by Beacon Press. Professor Wexler often reviews books for the Boston Globe, and his shorter essays have appeared in places like The Huffington Post, Mental Floss, National Geographic’s NewsWatch, Salon, Slate, and Spy.

Wexler speaks on church-state and other constitutional issues across the United States and internationally. In the fall of 2014, he will teach on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Buenos Aires. He has previously taught constitutional civil liberties at the University of Lyon 3 and church-state law on a Fulbright Fellowship at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He has delivered lectures on constitutional and environmental topics in Bangkok, Hanoi, Moscow, Oslo, Santiago, and Warsaw.

Before coming to BU Law, Professor Wexler worked as a law clerk for Judge David Tatel on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court. From 1999 to 2001, he was an attorney advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice where he provided advice on constitutional and statutory issues to various members of the executive branch.

In 2005, Professor Wexler published a “study” of humor in Supreme Court oral argument in the legal journal The Green Bag. The New York Times subsequently ran a front page story on the study, but unfortunately this did not result in funnier jokes being told from the bench. Wexler tweets @SCOTUSHUMOR.


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