Malcolm Sharp held a bachelor's degree from Amherst College, a master's degree from University of Wisconsin, and two legal degrees from Harvard Law School. He served as a professor at University of Iowa College of Law from 1930 to 1933. After leaving Iowa, he joined the faculty at University of Chicago Law School, where he remained until he took emeritus status in 1965. His teaching focused on contracts, although he was well-known for serving as defense counsel in the Rosenberg espionage case. He died in 1980.