B.A., History, 1973, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York;
J.D., magna cum laude, 1979, Southwestern Law School;
Member, California State Bar
When he entered law school, Ira Shafiroff was determined to realize his long-held goal—to establish his own law practice. Working during the day as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service, he attended evening classes at Southwestern. After graduating with honors, he opened his own firm focusing on tax and estate law.
"Being a good lawyer means putting in the hours to be as fully prepared as possible, knowing that what you put in is what you will get back."
In 1982, Professor Shafiroff returned to Southwestern as a member of the faculty. In addition to teaching a variety of courses, he served as the Associate Dean/Dean of Students from 1990 to 1993. He also presents popular workshops for students on how to establish a sole law practice. In 2002, Professor Shafiroff was named as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law.
Professor Shafiroff is the author of two casebooks: Property Law: Fundamental Principles and Moral Concerns, and California Wills and Trusts: Fundamental Principles, Ethical Considerations, and Moral Concerns. He also teaches Wills and Trusts, and created and teaches Selected Topics in American Law, a new course designed to better prepare Southwestern students for the California Bar Exam.
Professor Shafiroff has focused some of his research and writing on Jewish law and its relationship to contemporary laws and issues. "Judaism," he explains, "is not just a religion, but the world's oldest, continuously functioning legal system which American Law has often relied on for legal precedent. Jewish law, therefore, provides insight into the development of American law." As an offshoot to his years of teaching Jewish law, Professor Shafiroff teaches the Trial of Jesus Seminar, "the most important trial in history," he tells his students the first day of class. He is the author of Every Christian's Book on Judaism and maintains the blog Jesus and the Professor which explains and teaches Judaism to Christians by analyzing the New Testament in the context of Jewish law and philosophy.
Most recently, Professor Shafiroff has authored the fourth edition to First-Year Law School Success: the Ultimate and Essential Guide for Every 1L. Read his article featured in the Daily Journal, "The Seven Deadly (1L) Sins," here.