Jerrold Walden held degrees from Union College, Columbia Law School, and Yale Law School. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge S.H. Kaufman of the Southern District of New York. He served for four years as assistant counsel for the Congressional subcommittee on antitrust. As a professor, he spent the bulk of his career teaching at University of New Mexico School of Law. He served as a professor at University of Iowa College of Law from 1967 to 1969, having been recruited by his former colleague, Dean David Vernon. He also served as dean of University of North Dakota School of Law from 1963 to 1967. He died in 1976.