Paul J. Goda, S.J.

Professor Emeritus (Years at Santa Clara:  1969-2009; Emeritus, 2009-current) 


Born in 1931 in Los Angeles, Fr. Goda went to Loyola High School and Loyola University of Los Angeles, graduating in 1952 from Loyola University. He spent two years in the United States Air Force, serving as an Intelligence Officer. After one year at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1955. During his course of training in the Jesuits, he went back to Law School and got his degree in Law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1963. He was ordained a priest in 1966.

After two years on a fellowship for law teachers at New York University Law Center, where he received an LLM, he began teaching at Santa Clara University School of Law in 1969.


J.D., Georgetown Law Center

S.T.M., Alma College

LL.M., New York University

B.S., magna cum laude, Loyola University of Los Angeles

A.B., Gonzaga University

Areas of Specialization

Contracts, community property, wills and trusts, and jurisprudence.

Affiliations and Honors

After service in the U.S. Air Force, Professor Goda joined the Society of Jesus. He spent two years on a fellowship for law teachers at New York University.



Introduction to the Compact with the People, (Bicentennial Institute Lecture Series, Santa Clara University School of Law), 27 Santa Clara Law Review 469-483 (1987) | Link to Digital Commons

Curriculum Changes: Philosophy and the Behavioral Sciences Versus a Devil's Advocate, 22 Journal of Legal Education 206-219 (1970) | Link to Digital Commons

Historical Evolution of the Concepts of Void and Voidable Marriages, 7 Journal of Family Law 297-308 (1967) | Link to Digital Commons

The Historical Background of California's Constitutional Provisions Prohibiting Aid to Sectarian Schools, 46 California historical Society Quarterly 149-171 (1967) | Link to Full Text

Protection of Civilians from Bombardment by Aircraft: The Ineffectiveness of the International Law of War, 33 Military Law Review 93-113 (1966) | Link to Digital Commons

Book Reviews

Transformation of American law, 1780-1860, 19 Santa Clara Law Review 275-280 (1979) | Link to Digital Commons | Link to Library Catalog | Link to Library Catalog

Principles of Community Property, 2nd ed., 12 Santa Clara Lawyer 638-642 (1972) | Link to Digital Commons | Link to Library Catalog

Other Articles

Is Justice Served by the Legal System?, 2000 Et Al.: The Magazine of Santa Clara University School of Law 36 (Summer/Fall 2000)

Contrasting Justice, Law School, and Catholic Christian Faith, 3 Explore 11-16 (Fall 1999)

Last Memories, (Russell W. Galloway, Jr., Santa Clara University School of Law professor), 32 Santa Clara Law Review 8 (1992) (includes 7 testimonials by Santa Clara law faculty) | Link to Digital Commons

Dedication to Judge Owens: Homily at Funeral of Judge Edwin Ownes, August 9, 1988, 28 Santa Clara Law Review 739-746 (1988) | Link to Digital Commons

Some Dissent About Dissent Within the Catholic Church in the Context of Catholic Universities, 8 Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education 15-21 (Winter 1988)

Directions: Law School Facilities, 10 Advocate (University of Santa Clara School of Law) 2-3,8 (October 1984)

In Memoriam: Thomas Terry, S.J., 9 Advocate (University of Santa Clara School of Law) 5 (March 1984)

SC Law School: Challenges of a Building, 9 Advocate (University of Santa Clara School of Law) 2, 5, 7, 11 (November 1983)

Obiter Dictum: Law School Curriculum, Legal Theory and Human Needs, 3 The Santa Clara Advocate 1, 4 (December 17, 1971)