Pratheepan Gulasekaram

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Gulasekaram teaches Constitutional Law and Immigration Law and is well published on the topics of immigration federalism and the constitutional rights of noncitizens. His research currently focuses on the political and legal dynamics of state and local immigration regulations, including their constitutionality and their effect on federal immigration lawmaking.  He has also extensively explored the relationship between the Second Amendment and noncitizens, as a way of understanding constitutional protections for noncitizens. He is a frequent media commentator on issues of state and local immigration laws, comprehensive immigration reform, same-sex marriage, the first amendment, and equality concerns.

Professor Gulasekaram joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2007, and has also taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford Law School, Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law and Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. Prior to academia, he was a litigation associate with O’Melveny & Meyers LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP, both in Los Angeles. He clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener Jr. on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

In addition, he is the co-founder of the World Children’s Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health and educational infrastructure for children in developing areas around the world.


J.D., Stanford University, 2001

B.A., Brown University, 1996

Areas of Specialization

Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, Citizenship and the Rights of Noncitizens, State and Local Immigration Laws