Faculty Profile
Paul G. Arshagouni: Associate Dean, Graduate and Online Education Programs Visiting Professor of Law

Paul Arshagouni MD, JD, MPH,

Associate Dean, Graduate and Distance Education Programs Visiting Professor of Law
714-459-1156 | parshagouni@wsulaw.edu


J.D. 1999, University of California Los Angeles School of Law
M.P.H. 1994, UCLA School of Public Health
M.D. 1988, University of California Irvine, College of Medicine
B.A. magna cum laude 1984, University of California


MC6022 Law of Patients’ Rights

MC6510 Legal Perspectives on Healthcare Ethics

MC6514 Healthcare as an Employee Benefit


Each faculty member who teaches the Master of Law in Compliance Degree Program lends their own unique legal perspective to the curriculum. This specialized course of study was developed by the dean and faculty of the Western State College of Law.


Paul G. Arshagouni, MD, JD, MPH is the Associate Dean for Graduate and Distance Learning Programs and a visiting professor at Western State College of Law. Professor Arshagouni first entered legal academics in 2002 as an assistant research professor at the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute. He then spent several years teaching at Michigan State University College of Law where he taught a number of health law related courses. Professor Arshagouni has also taught at California Western School of Law and Whittier School of Law. Prior to legal academics, he was an associate at Sidley Austin in Los Angeles and at Foley & Lardner, also in Los Angeles.

Before entering the legal profession, Professor Arshagouni had a career in medicine. He worked for several years as a pediatrician and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. While at UCI, he acted as director of pediatrics at a community clinic in north Orange County, CA.


  • “Surrogacy Laws Across the United States,” Whittier Law School, Center for Children’s Rights Distinguished Speaker Series, January 24, 2013
  • “Legal and Bioethical Foundations of Assisted Reproductive Technologies,” MSU College of Law, October 1, 2010
  • “Health Care Reform Panel Discussion,” MSU College of Human Medicine and the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, September 23, 2009


  • Be Fruitful and Multiply, Be Other Means, If Necessary: The Time Has Come To Recognize And Enforce Gestational Surrogacy Agreements, 61 DePaul L. Rev. 799 (Spring 2012).
  • “But I’m an adult now . . .sort of” Adolescent Consent in Health Care Decision-Making and the Adolescent Brain, 9 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 315 (2006).
  • Jerry-Building The Road To The Future: An Evaluation Of The White Commission Report On Structural Alternatives For Federal Courts Of Appeals, 36 San Diego L.Rev. 355 (1999) [co-authored with Joseph Akrotirianakis and Zareh Jaltorossian]