Professor Schrag teaches Civil Procedure and Professional Responsibility, and he co-directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees from persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States. He served for 21 years as the Director of the Public Interest Law Scholars Program, through which selected law students who plan careers as public interest lawyers receive scholarship grants and special academic enrichment and guidance in that field. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1981, he was assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Consumer Advocate of the City of New York, a professor at Columbia University Law School, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from which he received a Meritorious Honor Award in 1981. Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished and varied career in civic service, which has included positions as a delegate to the District of Columbia Statehood Constitutional Convention in 1982, an editor and consultant on consumer protection during the Carter-Mondale transition, a consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, a consultant to the Governor’s Advisory Council of Puerto Rico, and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition, he drafted New York City’s Consumer Protection Act of 1969. He is also a prolific author, having written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, political asylum, and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. He is the author of fifteen books, including Reflections on Clinical Legal Education (with Michael Meltsner, 1998), Asylum Denied: A Refugee’s Struggle for Safety in America (with David Ngaruri Kenney, 2008); Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2009); and Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2014).
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
"What Happens When Asylum Seekers Who Are Given A Chance To Make Their Case In The U.S.," coverage broadcast by NPR, July 3, 2018, with an interview featuring Professor Philip Schrag.
"Immigration courts are deeply split on who can claim asylum over violence in home countries," coverage by The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2018, quoting Professor Philip Schrag.
"What the law says should happen to asylum seekers at the US border," coverage by ABC News, April 30, 2018, referencing a law review co-authored by Professor Philip G. Schrag.
"In "Cruel Public Policy Experiment," Trump's DHS Wants to "Protect" Immigrant Children By Arresting Their Parents," coverage in Common Dreams, April 27, 2018, featuring Professor Philip G. Schrag.