Alan W. Scheflin

Professor of Law

Professor Scheflin has been judicially recognized in federal and state courts as an expert on mind and behavior control, suggestion and suggestibility, memory, and hypnosis. He has delivered invited addresses to all of the major professional hypnosis organizations in the United States and in several other countries. He has also addressed many professional mental health and legal organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association. Scheflin has appeared as an expert in court on issues involving the professional responsibility of lawyers and is a very well-known author, having published more than three dozen articles, book chapters, and book reviews on psychological, psychiatric, and other legal issues.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty, Professor Scheflin taught in the law school and philosophy department at Georgetown University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Southern California Law School.


J.D. with honors, George Washington University Law School, 1966

LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1967

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University, 1987

B.A. with High Honors, University of Virginia, 1963

Areas of Specialization

Law and Psychiatry, Legal Profession, Forensic Persuasion Seminar

Affiliations and Honors

  • Forensic Editor, Cultic Studies Journal
  • Advisory Science Editor, Journal of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  • Chair-Elect, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law & Mental Disability