Paul Ohm

Paul Ohm

Scholar Title: Professor of Law

Department: Law Center

Colleges / Universities: Georgetown University


600 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20001


Paul Ohm is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. He teaches courses in all of these topics and more and he serves as a faculty director for the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown. Through his scholarship and outreach, Professor Ohm is leading efforts to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown University, he was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, where he also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Director for the Silicon Flatirons Center.

From 2012 to 2013, Professor Ohm served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission. Before joining the University of Colorado in 2006, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as an Honors Program trial attorney. Prior to that, he served as law clerk to Judge Betty Fletcher of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He attended the UCLA Law School where he served as Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the Benjamin Aaron and Judge Jerry Pacht prizes.

Before attending law school, Professor Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that he earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University. Even today, he continues to write thousands of lines of python and perl code each year. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker and has guest blogged at Concurring Opinions and The Volokh Conspiracy.


J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1999   

B.S./B.A. Yale University, 1994