President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)


Were President Donald Trump graded on his first 100 days in office by the faculty of New York University School of Law, it’s fair to say he’d get a big fat “F.”

A dozen NYU law professors shared their thoughts on Trump’s performance thus far in 100 words or less. Spoiler alert: The reality TV star turned commander in chief overall received low marks from these legal experts on everything from ethics and criminal justice to human rights and legislative prowess.

NYU’s faculty weren’t entirely critical, however. Trump earned praise—or at least lukewarm support—for getting Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court and for backing off much of his fiery anti-China international trade rhetoric.

Here’s a sampling of what NYU professors had to say about Trump’s first 100 days.

“Even before his inauguration, Donald Trump began defining ethics downward, a trajectory that persists. He treats conflicts as raising only technical legal questions requiring technical legal solutions.”

—Stephen Gillers, ethics expert

“In 100 days, Trump has failed to hire a single scientific or technical expert to his staff, has failed to defend our privacy online, has cut core funding for scientific research, and has taken the White House from one of the most transparent in history to one of the most secretive.”

Jason Schultz, technology law and transparency expert

“President Trump has taken numerous steps with devastating human rights impact.”

Margaret Satterthwaite, human rights expert

“I cautiously welcome his more muscular foreign policy, with NATO, the Middle East and China. But the great unknown is Trump—his judgment, persistence, and intentions.”

Richard Epstein, constitutional law expert

“Since I don’t sympathize with the Trump administration’s legislative aims, I have been heartened by evidence of its ineptitude in [the tax] realm—which I would attribute, not just to the lack of patience and knowledge at the top, but also to its light staffing and lack of respect for expertise.

Daniel Shaviro, tax law expert

“In Trump’s first 100 days, he has tried to turn back the clock in criminal justice.”

Kim Taylor-Thompson, criminal justice expert

“The number of non-trivial laws signed by Trump to date is near zero, reflecting an autocratically-inclined urge to pronounce by decree rather than govern through the hard work of making laws and implementing them.”

Samuel Issacharoff, legislation expert