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About Matthew J. Barrett

Matthew J. Barrett, a member of the Notre Dame Law School faculty since 1990, teaches business-related courses, currently accounting for lawyers, analytical methods for lawyers, and federal income taxation. He has also taught business associations, business planning, not-for-profit organizations, and seminars studying the intersection between law and accounting. His seminars during the fall semesters in 2008 and 2009 focused on the stock option scandals and the credit crisis, respectively. In 2001, the graduating class selected him as the Law School’s Distinguished Teacher. In 2010, he was appointed as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law to teach a course in Financial Accounting for Lawyers for the NYU/IRS Continuing Professional Education Program sponsored by the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.

Professor Barrett earned both his B.B.A. and his J.D. summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1982 and 1985, respectively, graduating at the top of his law-school class. A member of the Ohio bar since 1985, he clerked for the Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1985-86), and worked as an associate in the tax group at the Columbus, Ohio, law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease (1986-90) before entering the legal academy.


Present Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 1982 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Elijah Watt Sells Certificate
  • 1998 Captain William O. McLean Community Spirit Award
  • 2010 The Spirit of Holy Cross Award


1985 Juris Doctor, Notre Dame Law School ‐ Law
1982 Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Notre Dame ‐ Business Administration

Contact Information

Office: 3106 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.8121


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