Professor Michael O’Shea




Michael O’Shea

Office Hours:

By appointment

  • Civil Procedure I & II
  • Legislation
  • State Constitutional Law
  • Firearms Law & Policy

B.A., Harvard University (magna cum laude)

M.A., University of Pittsburgh

J.D., Harvard University (cum laude)


Professor of Law

Professor O’Shea is a nationally recognized expert on firearms law and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  He is a co-author of the first law school casebook on the subject, Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel, George A. Mocsary, and Michael P. O’Shea, Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy, published in 2012 by Aspen Publishers.

In addition to the Second Amendment, Professor O’Shea also studies what might be called the other “confrontational” parts of the Bill of Rights, particularly the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, which protects the right to face-to-face cross-examination in criminal trials.  He is also interested in state constitutions and state court approaches to legal interpretation.  He serves as the Associate Director of OCU Law’s Center for State Constitutional Law and Government.

Professor O’Shea is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  He also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.  Before coming to Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2006, he practiced commercial litigation in Chicago and in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to Judge John R. Gibson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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