Professor Peter J. Smith, J.D.

Professor Peter J. Smith
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • Harvard Law School
Whether you realize it or not, we think about the substantive law all the time in our daily lives. Every time we get behind the wheel of a car, or go outside to shovel snow from the sidewalk in front of our house, or decide whether to look at a text message while we’re driving, we’re thinking about the obligations we have to avoid causing injuries to others.

Peter J. Smith is the Arthur Selwyn Miller Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) from Yale University and his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, where he received the Sears Prize for highest academic performance.

Before joining the faculty at GW Law, Professor Smith was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the government in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. At the Department of Justice, he defended the constitutionality of a number of federal statutes, including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (cases ultimately resolved by the Supreme Court). Before he worked at the Department of Justice, Professor Smith clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Professor Smith has twice received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award for outstanding teaching at GW Law. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and is the co-author of a popular casebook on constitutional law, Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach. His research focuses on constitutional law, constitutional interpretation, and civil procedure.

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  1. Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts Sale

    Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.6 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $390.00 Starting at $89.95 $519.95 $89.95$519.95
    Get the same foundational knowledge as other lawyers—without the time and financial commitment of law school. In the 48 lectures of Law School for Everyone: Litigation, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts, four exceptional law professors recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to the areas of law most every beginning student studies: litigation and legal practice, criminal...
  2. Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation Sale

    Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation

    Peter J. Smith
    5 out of 5
    100% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $160.00 Starting at $24.95 $199.95 $24.95$199.95
    A recent addition to the traditional law school curriculum, legislation and regulation are becoming more of a mainstay in some of the country’s top law schools. Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation examines everything from the nature of regulation, to the challenge of interpreting statutes based on the spirit versus the letter of the law, to the role of federal agencies in our legal system.
  3. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Critical Business Skills for Success Set on sale

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Critical Business Skills for Success

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $895.00 Starting at $169.90 $1,144.90 $169.90$1,144.90
    Take your first steps towards higher education at your own pace with this two-course set that gives you the basis for a JD and an MBA. Get a fundamental education in American law—just like a first-year law student with Law School for Everyone. Then, get a well-rounded business education that brings the MBA experience right to you with Critical Business Skills for Success.
  4. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & History of the Supreme Court Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & History of the Supreme Court

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.85 Starting at $674.85 $774.85 $674.85$774.85
    Take a well-rounded look at law and justice in the United States of America with these three courses. Untangle the complexities of the regulatory process, statutory interpretation, and more in Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation. Discover how lawyers make sense of what the Constitution says—and what it doesn’t say—in Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law. And, trace the development of the...
  5. (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Modern Political Tradition Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Modern Political Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    As you’ll discover in this riveting two-course set, the social and political laws of the land are constantly shifting and evolving. Get a fundamental education in American law with Law School for Everyone. Then, The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas is your opportunity to navigate the labyrinth of Western political and social theory.
  6. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $779.85 Starting at $779.85 $919.85 $779.85$919.85
    In this three-course set, join acclaimed law professors as they give you an introduction to American law that will help make you a more informed citizen. First, in Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation, untangle the complexities of the regulatory process, statutory interpretation, and other ways laws are made and enforced. Then, in Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law, discover how lawyers make...
  7. (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Law and logic don’t naturally fit together but as you’ll discover in this useful two-course set, these topics go hand in hand when put into practical applications. You’ll learn how to think, talk, and apply logic like a lawyer though the 48 lectures of Law School for Everyone. Then, learn logic from the ground up with An Introduction to Formal Logic.
  8. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone Set on sale

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $320.00 Starting at $53.90 $399.90 $53.90$399.90
    Learn to approach and understand two central aspects of American law just like law students at some of the most respected law schools in America with this two-course set. First, in Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation, untangle the complexities of the regulatory process, statutory interpretation, and other ways laws are made and enforced. Then, in Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law, discover...
  9. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $574.85 Starting at $574.85 $669.85 $574.85$669.85
    Go inside the details and implications of the Western legal system with this three-course set delivered by a trio of engaging law professors. In Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation, untangle the complexities of the regulatory process, statutory interpretation, and other ways laws are made and enforced. In Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law, discover how lawyers make sense of what the...
  10. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Latin 101 Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Latin 101

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Delve into the foundations of civilization with this two-course set. Get a fundamental education in law through 48 lectures with Law School for Everyone. Then, study the roots and context of many of these terms by exploring the wonderful world of Latin, an immensely rewarding discipline that trains, enhances, and strengthens critical thinking with Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language.
  11. (SET) Law School for Everyone: Contracts & Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law & Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation & Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law Set

    (SET) Law School for Everyone: Contracts & Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law & Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation & Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$799.80
    What is it like to learn about the American legal system in one of the nation’s top law schools? Find out in this four-course set delivered by award-winning professors of law. In Law School for Everyone: Contracts, get an accessible introduction to contract essentials, including offers, counteroffers, fraud, and unconscionability. In Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law, explore the history of corporations and...
  12. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Law School for Everyone Set

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $789.90 $434.90$789.90
    Learn law like never before with this two-course set. Start by reviewing The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us. Then, master four of the most important subjects of first-year law education with Law School for Everyone.
  13. (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & Critical Business Skills for Success Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & Law School for Everyone & Critical Business Skills for Success

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $869.85 Starting at $869.85 $1,024.85 $869.85$1,024.85
    What are some of the skills and concepts today’s top-performing lawyers and businesspeople need to master in order to succeed in their fields? Explore the answers in this course set that offers an inside look at what today’s MBA and law students are learning. Untangle the complexities of the regulatory process, statutory interpretation, and more in Law School for Everyone: Legislation and Regulation. Discover...
  14. (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Surveillance State Set

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & The Surveillance State

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Take an in-depth look at the ins and outs of our legal system with this two-course set. Learn the fundamentals of U.S. law without having to go to law school in 48 lectures delivered by four exceptional lawyers and professors in Law School for Everyone. Then, tackle the tough questions about surveillance and data in the 21st century with The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You.