Patrick Shin

Vice Dean and Professor of Law

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Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • U.S. Dist. Court, D. Mass.


Professor Shin is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he received his A.B. summa cum laude with High Honors in Philosophy and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and of Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. cum laude and served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

After law school, Professor Shin completed judicial clerkships in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and he worked for several years as a litigation associate in the Boston office of Hale and Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale). He then returned to Harvard University to earn his Ph.D. in Philosophy before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law.

Professor Shin teaches Torts, Employment Discrimination, and Jurisprudence. In 2011, he received the Cornelius J. Moynihan Teaching Award. His current scholarship focuses on philosophical dimensions of problems in antidiscrimination law and on issues surrounding the meaning and value of diversity, equality, and equal treatment.


Book Chapters

Race Discrimination, in THE ROUTLEDGE COMPANION TO THE ETHICS OF DISCRIMINATION (Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen ed., 2018)

Is There a Unitary Concept of Discrimination?, in PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION LAW (Oxford University Press, Deborah Hellman and Sophia Moreau eds., forthcoming 2013)

Civil Rights, in THE INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ETHICS (Hugh LaFollette, et al. ed., 2013)


Group and Individual Rights in the Argument for Puerto Rican Accession, Yale Int l L.J. (May 19, 2018).

Sex and Gender Segregation in Competitive Sport: Internal and External Normative Perspectives,  80 L. & CONTEMP. PROBS. 47 (2018)

Some Thoughts on the Relevance of Customer Behavior to Discrimination Law: Who Counts as a "Customer"?, 102 IOWA L. REV. ONLINE 223 (2017)

Treatment as an Individual and the Priority of Persons Over Groups in Antidiscrimination Law, 12 DUKE J. CONST. LAW & PUB. POL'Y 107 (2016)

Cultivating Inclusion, 112 Michigan Law Review - First Impressions 117 (2014) (with Mitu Gulati)

The Diversity Feedback Loop, 2014 U. Chi. Legal F. 345 (with Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati)

Discrimination Under a Description, 47 GA. L. REV. 1 (2012)

Showcasing Diversity, 89 N.C. L. REV. 1017 (2011) (with Mitu Gulati)

Liability for Unconscious Discrimination? A Thought Experiment in the Theory of Employment Discrimination Law, 62 HASTINGS L.J. 67 (2010)

Distinguishing Causal and Normative Questions in Empirical Studies of Judging, THE LEGAL WORKSHOP (DUKE L.J.) (2010)

The Substantive Principle of Equal Treatment, 15 LEGAL THEORY 149 (2009)

Diversity v. Colorblindness, 2009 BYU L. Rev. 1175 (2009)

Vive la Différence? A Critical Analysis of the Justification of Sex-Dependent Workplace Restrictions on Dress and Grooming, 14 DUKE J. GENDER L. & POL'Y 491 (2007)

Compelling Interest, Forbidden Aim: The Antinomy of Grutter and Gratz, 82 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 432 (2005)

Judging Merit, 78 S. CAL. L. REV. 137 (2004)


  • AB, Dartmouth College
  • JD, PhD, Harvard University
Associate Dean Patrick Shin, Law School

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Courses Taught

  • Torts
  • Jurisprudence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Employment Discrimination