William J. Magnuson

Associate Professor of Law

William Magnuson

"This is an exciting time to study corporate law. Corporations are evolving faster than the law can keep up, and lawyers will be at the center of efforts to answer the difficult and important questions about the role of corporations in the global economy today."

Get to Know William J. Magnuson

What drew you to the law?

Studying international relations as a Princeton undergrad, I was drawn to what I believe is one of law’s great promises—that we can resolve conflict through reasoned deliberation. While it can be a struggle to realize that promise in practice, it remains a bedrock principle of government, society, and human relations.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I find it tremendously rewarding to help create opportunities for students to thrive, in their careers and in their lives. The law school classroom can be an intimidating place, but it’s also a place where complex conversations about society’s great issues can occur. It’s inspiring to see how much energy and creativity students bring to working through the enduring problems of law and justice.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope they gain a deep understanding of the substance of the law and the purposes and rationales that underlie it. But I also hope that they come away with a renewed love of learning and a desire to continue the pursuit of wisdom throughout their careers and lives.

What are your research interests?

My primary research interests are in the areas of business associations, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions and international law. My current research focuses on a series of inter-related questions about the changing relationship between states and corporations in the modern world. For example, how can states constrain corporate behavior in a world of global competition and mobile capital? How do new business forms, such as private equity funds and hedge funds, both shape and respond to government regulation? What ramifications does this shifting landscape of corporate law have for how we conceptualize the role of business in the modern world?

Publications

Link to my publications.

Presentations

Presentations are listed on my CV.

Expertise

  • International Business Transactions
  • Corporations
  • Contracts
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International Law

Courses

  • International Business Transactions

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2016-Present)
  • Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law
    Harvard Law School (2011-2013)

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School (2009)
  • M.A. in Integrazione europea (European Integration), Università di Padova (2007)
  • A.B. in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, magna cum laude, Princeton University (2004)

Other Professional Activities

  • Associate
    Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.C. (2015 - 2016)
  • Associate
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (2010-2011, 2013-2015)
  • Clerk
    Priscilla R. Owen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2009 – 2010)