Paul T. Hayden

Paul T. Hayden, Professor of Law & William G. Coskran Chair

Professor of Law & William G. Coskran Chair

Courses Taught

  • Ethical Lawyering
  • Torts
  • Remedies
  • Torts II
  • Products Liability
  • Comparative Tort Law



  • BA, cum laude, with distinction, Yale University
  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, Order of the Coif 


A nationally recognized scholar in tort law and legal ethics, Paul Hayden is currently the Professor of Consumer Protection Law.

Hayden has been a member of the Loyola Law School faculty since 1995.  He served as Interim Dean of the law school and Interim Senior Vice President of Loyola Marymount University in 2015-16.  Before serving as dean, he was the Associate Dean for Faculty from 2013-2015.  He has been a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law numerous times, teaching Remedies and Professional Responsibility, most recently in the Fall of 2019.

Prior to his tenure at Loyola, Hayden taught at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, where he was granted tenure.  While at I.U., Hayden was twice selected for the “Professor of the Year” award, given by students to the most outstanding teacher on the faculty. 

Before entering academia full time, Hayden was a litigation associate in the downtown Los Angeles office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, and in the Westwood firm of Boren, Sloan & Rosen.

Hayden has authored or co-authored a four-volume torts treatise, The Law of Torts; a one-volume Hornbook on Torts; several editions of four different casebooks in torts and legal ethics; and a variety of law review articles. 

Born and raised in Arkansas, Hayden earned his B.A. cum laude with distinction in American Studies from Yale University, and his J.D. Order of the Coif from UCLA Law School.  After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for the Honorable J. Spencer Letts of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Hayden is admitted to practice before all courts in California, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 1998. He currently serves as the only law professor on the California Judicial Council's Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.

Public Service

  • Member, American Law Institute (elected 1998)
  • Member, ALI Consultative Groups, Restatement (Third) of Torts and Restatement (Third) of The Law of Consumer Contracts
  • Member, American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility 


  • Equitable Remedies, Restitution And Damages, (West Academic 9th ed. 2021) (with Candace Kovacic-Fleischer & Jean C. Love)
  • Ethical Lawyering: Legal And Professional Responsibilities In The Practice Of Law (West Academic 4th ed. 2018) (with Douglas NeJaime)
  • Torts And Compensation: Personal Accountability And Social Responsibility For Injury (West 8th ed. 2017; 7th ed. 2013; 6th ed. 2009; 5th ed. 2005; 4th ed. 2001; 3d ed. 1997) (3d to 5th eds. with Dan B. Dobbs; 6th to 8th eds. with Dobbs & Bublick)
  • Hornbook on Torts (2d ed. 2016) (with Dan. B. Dobbs & Ellen M. Bublick)
  • The Law of Torts (Thomson-West 2011) (with Dan B. Dobbs & Ellen M. Bublick)
  • Global Issues in Tort Law (Thomson-West 2008) (with Julie A. Davies)


  • "Putting Ethics to the (National Standardized) Test: Tracing the Origins of the MPRE," 71 Fordham Law Review 1299 (2003).
  • "Butterfield Rides Again: Plaintiff's Negligence as Superseding or Sole Proximate Cause in Systems of Pure Comparative Responsibility," 33 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 887 (2000).
  • “Professorial Conflicts of Interest and ‘Good Practice’ in Legal Education,” 50 Journal of Legal Education 358 (2000).
  • "Applying Client-Lawyer Models in Legal Education," 21 Legal Studies Forum 301 (1997).
  • "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Law Professor: Some Cautionary Thoughts on Teaching Moral Lessons in the Professional Responsibility Course," 21 Legal Studies Forum 257 (1997).
  • "Reconsidering the Litigator's Absolute Privilege to Defame," 54 Ohio State Law Journal 985 (1993).
  • "Religiously Motivated 'Outrageous' Conduct: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress as a Weapon Against 'Other People's Faiths,'" 34 William & Mary Law Review  579 (1993).
  • "Cultural Norms as Law: Tort Law's 'Reasonable Person' Standard of Care," 15 Journal of American Culture 45 (1992).
  • "A Goodly Apple Rotten at the Heart:  Commercial Disparagement in Comparative Advertising as Common-Law Tortious Unfair Competition," 76 Iowa Law Review 67 (1990).