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Matthew R. Hall

Associate Professor of Law and Jesse D. Puckett, Jr. Lecturer

Matthew R. Hall teaches 1L Contracts in the Fall and 1L Criminal Law in the Spring.  In January, you will find him teaching a section of the 1L Contract Negotiation and Drafting course in the Winter Intersession.  For upper-level students, he teaches Criminal Procedure I in the Fall and rotates between Immigration Law and Legislation in the Spring. For 2L members of the Mississippi Law Journal, he teaches Academic Legal Writing. He also occasionally teaches Trial Skills. Over the years, Professor Hall has taught Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, National Security Law, Property, and a seminar on Future Law.  He serves as the faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Board, the Mississippi Law Journal, OUTLaw, and the Government Law Students Association.

He also works extensively with undergraduates, teaching freshman seminars for students at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Previously, he taught intelligence analysis for the University’s Intelligence and Security Studies program and Introduction to Law for students at the Honors College.

From 2011 to 2015, Professor Hall served as Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Professor Hall’s scholarly interests focus on the intersection of immigration law, criminal law and procedure, and national security law.  Currently, he is working on an article on the opposite of civil disobedience – hyper obedience and individualized criminal law.

Before joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Hall worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation and specialized in national security and counter-terrorism matters. Professor Hall obtained his position at Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. While with the Justice Department, Professor Hall worked on certiorari oppositions before the U.S. Supreme Court; he handled appeals in nine of the U.S. Courts of Appeals; and he litigated cases in a dozen different U.S. District Courts.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Professor Hall held two clerkships with federal judges. First, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Terence T. Evans, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He then clerked for Judge John G. Heyburn II, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Professor Hall received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. In law school, he earned a spot on the Moot Court Board and he was Editor-in-Chief of the Kentucky Law Journal. Hall received his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, where he studied Government.

Allies LogoProfessor Hall is a member of the University of Mississippi’s Allies Program – a network of faculty and staff who visibly support students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.  The members of Allies also work to foster a campus climate in which all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, may feel safe, supported, respected, and affirmed.


J.D., University of Kentucky
B.A., Harvard University