William J. Magnuson

Professor of Law


William Magnuson

"This is an exciting time to study law. The world has never faced so many global challenges, and lawyers will be at the center of society's efforts to answer the difficult and important questions about the shape of the future."

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.


Link to my publications.


Presentations are listed on my CV.


  • Corporations
  • Contracts
  • International law
  • Law and History
  • Private equity
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Fintech
  • Venture Capital
  • Hedge Funds
  • Blockchain/Cryptocurrencies 


  • Business Associations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity, Venture Capital and Hedge Funds
  • International Business Transactions
  • Contracts

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (September 2022 - present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2016-August 2022)
  • Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law
    Harvard Law School (2011-2013)


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