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Derek T. Muller - Pepperdine University

Derek T. Muller

Associate Professor of Law
Caruso School of Law



Areas of Expertise

  • Election law
  • Federal civil litigation
  • Legal education

Professor Muller's research and writing focus on election law, particularly federalism and the role of states in the administration of elections. His work has been selected for publication in the Indiana Law Journal, the Arizona State Law Journal, and the Election Law Journal. At Pepperdine, he teaches in the areas of election law, civil procedure, evidence, and complex litigation.

Before joining the Pepperdine faculty in 2011, Professor Muller clerked for the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri. He then practiced litigation at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, where he dealt with white collar criminal defense, commercial contract disputes, derivative shareholder suits and appellate litigation. Professor Muller then served as a visiting assistant professor and Shughart Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, where he taught Civil Procedure and Federal Courts. He is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois.

Full Bio


  • JD, University of Notre Dame
  • BA, Hillsdale College

Research and Scholarship