Professor of Law


Professor Aaron Rappaport was born and raised in New York City. He attended Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in engineering, and Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Law & Policy Review.

After graduating from law school, Professor Rappaport held several positions within the federal government, ultimately working in each of its branches. He first clerked for the Honorable Stephen Breyer, then Chief Judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Entering the political fray, he served for three years as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, and then, during the budget battle of 1996, joined the Clinton Administration to serve as an Assistant Director of the National Economic Council. From 1996 to 1998, Professor Rappaport was a member of the General Counsel’s staff of the Federal Communications Commission, where he represented the FCC in litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals. In addition to his government work, Professor Rappaport has been an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, a criminal sentencing journal, since 1996.

Professor Rappaport’s academic interests include criminal law, sentencing law, jurisprudence, moral theory, and telecommunications law.



  1. Yale Law School

    J.D., Law

  2. Yale University

    B.Eng., Engineering

Selected Scholarship

  1. The Institutional Design of Punishment 2018

    Arizona Law Review

  2. On the Conceptual Confusions of Jurisprudence 2014

    Washington University Jurisprudence Review

  3. Homeland Security and the Inmate Population: The Risk and Reality of Islamic Radicalization in Prison 2012

    Lior Gideon ed., Special Needs in Correctional Institution (Sage Publications)

  4. Litigation over Prison Medical Services 2010

    Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal

  5. The Logic of Legal Theory: Reflections on the Purpose and Methodology of Jurisprudence 2004

    Mississippi Law Journal


  1. Criminal Law
  2. Terrorism & the Law