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The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country’s premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America’s great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty and staff form a small, tightly-knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. Chicago does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, faculty expose students to contrasting views, confident in their abilities to choose their own paths.


History of The Law School

The University of Chicago, one of the youngest of the major American universities, was granted its charter in 1890 and opened its doors for classes in October 1892. The generosity of its founding donors, led by John D. Rockefeller, enabled the first president of the University, William Rainey Harper, to realize his bold ideas and extraordinary standards in the creation of a new university. Harper insisted that the new institution must be a true university, with a strong emphasis on both education and scholarship.


The Law School, part of Harper’s original plan but delayed in fulfillment until 1902, was a product of an innovative spirit and a devotion to intellectual inquiry. The objective, in the view of Harper and faculty members associated with him in the project, was to create a new kind of law school, professional in its purpose, but with a broader outlook than was then prevalent in the leading American law schools. The aspirations of the new school were set by Harper’s conception of legal education in a university setting: education in law 9 implies a scientific knowledge of law and of legal and juristic methods. These are the crystallization of ages of human progress. They cannot be understood in their entirety without a clear comprehension of the historic forces of which they are the product, and of the social environment with which they are in living contact. A scientific study of law involves the related sciences of history, economics, philosophy - the whole field of man as social being.


This animating philosophy has resulted in the Law School playing a leading role in both legal education and legal scholarship since its founding. Chicago was pivotal in almost all of the innovations made in legal education during the last century: the recognition of administrative law, legislation and comparative law as legitimate fields of legal study; the introduction of other disciplines into the law school curriculum and the appointment of faculty outside the law; the extension of the field of legal research from concern with the rules of the law to empirically oriented investigations of the legal system; and the broadening of the curriculum to include clinical as well as academic offerings.


Education at The Law School

Chicago aims to train well-rounded, critical and socially conscious thinkers and doers. The cornerstones that provide the foundation for Chicago’s educational mission are: the life of the mind, participatory learning, interdisciplinary inquiry and an education for generalists. What sets Chicago apart from other law schools is its unabashed enthusiasm for the life of the mind - the conviction that ideas matter, that they are worth discussing and that legal education should devote itself to learning for learning’s sake.


Learning the law at Chicago therefore is a passionate - even intense - venture between and among faculty and students. It begins in the classroom where students share the stage with the professor. The professor does not lecture, but instead engages the group in a dialogue. Known as the Socratic Method, this dialogue presents students with questions about thorny legal concepts and principles. Energized by this dialogue within the classroom, students seek opportunities outside the classroom for further conversation and learning in one of Chicago’s clinical programs, with one of Chicago’s three student-edited journals, or in one of Chicago’s many extracurricular offerings.


Honoring Chicago’s history and commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, faculty draw students’ attention to insights from the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences beginning on the first day of class. Chicago’s unique first year required course, 9 Elements of the Law, 9 introduces students to the law as an interdisciplinary field and gives students the tools to continue the interdisciplinary inquiry throughout their legal education.


Although it is currently in vogue for law schools to promote 9 specialties 9 and Chicago could credibly claim more than 15 areas with a depth of curriculum warranting a 9 specialty 9 label, Chicago remains committed to legal education as an education for generalists. Emphasizing the acquisition of broad and basic knowledge of law, an understanding of the functioning of the legal system, and the development of analytic abilities of the highest order, a Chicago legal education prepares students for any professional role they might choose-legal practice or legal education, entrepreneurial ventures, corporations, government, or non-profit organizations.


Scholarship at The Law School

Every professor at Chicago is a distinguished scholar in addition to being a dedicated teacher. Recognized as the most productive and influential faculty of any law school, Chicago’s academic faculty is a group of about 40 professors engaged in research and writing on the most important topics of the day. The clinical faculty of about 8-10 pursue a specialized niche of legal scholarship by engaging in ground-breaking advocacy efforts. The brief biographies of the faculty below provide an introduction to their individual areas of expertise.


Dean and William B. Graham Professor of Law: Saul Levmore

Assistant Dean for Admissions: Ann Perry

Associate Dean for Library and Information Services: Judith Wright

Associate Dean for Career Services: Abbie Willard

Assistant Dean for LL.M. Program: Richard Badger

Dean of Students: Michele Baker Richardson

Associate Dean for Administration: Karen Afshari

Associate Dean for Corporate and Legal Affairs: David Zarfes

Assistant Dean for Communications: Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky

Associate Dean for External Affairs: Jonathan S. Stern




SAUL LEVMORE, (Law Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1983, Virginia. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1973); Yale University (Ph.D., 1978; J.D., 1980); Chicago-Kent College of Law (LL.D., 1995). COURSES: Commercial Law, Comparative Law, Corporate Tax, Corporations, Public Choice & the Law, Torts. Email: s-levmore @


DANIEL Y. ABEBE, (Law Professor), born Normal, Illinois, May 26, 1975; Education: Maryville University of St. Louis (B.A., 1997); University of Chicago (M.A., 2006); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2000). Email: dabebe @


ALBERT W. ALSCHULER, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, Illinois. Education: Harvard Law School (A.B., 1962; LL.B., 1965). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence. Email: awaa @


ADAM BADAWI, (Law Professor), born 1975; Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1996); University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 2003); University of California, Berkeley, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (Ph.D., 2004). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: abadawi @


DOUGLAS G. BAIRD, (Law Professor), born 1953; Education: University (B.A., 1975); Stanford University (Ll.D., 1994). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Contracts, Creditor’s Rights. Email: douglas_baird @


OMRI BEN-SHAHAR, (Law Professor), born Tel-Aviv, Israel; Education: Hebrew University (LL.B., 1989); Harvard University (Ph.D., 1995; S.J.D., 1998). COURSES: Contracts, Sales, Insurance, e-Commerce, Law and Economics.


LISA E. BERNSTEIN, (Law Professor), born 1964; admitted to bar, 1994, New York. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1986); Harvard University (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Contracts, Corporate Governance, Corporations, Law & Economics. Email: lisa_bernstein @


ANU BRADFORD, (Law Professor), born Tampere, Finland; Education: University of Helsinki (Master of Laws; Licentiate of Laws, 2001); Harvard Law School (L.L.M., 2002; S.J.D., 2007). COURSES: Comparative and International Antitrust, New Economic Order in the Post-American World, International Trade Law, Law of the European Union. Email: abradford @


EMILY BUSS, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1988, Pennsylvania; 1989, Maryland, 1997, Illinois. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1986). COURSES: Juvenile Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Parent, Child, State. Email: ebussdos @


MARY ANNE C. CASE, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1986, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1979); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Family Law (Regulating Family, Sex & Gender), International Transactions, Jurisprudence, Women & the Law. Email: macase @


ANTHONY CASEY, (Law Professor), born Hinsdale, Illinois, August 2, 1977; Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1999); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2002). Email: ajcasey @


R.H. COASE, (Law Professor), born 1910; Education: University of London (B. Com., 1932; D. Sc., 1951); University of Cologne (Dr. Rep. Pol. h.c., 1988); Yale University (D. So.Sc., 1989); Washington University (LL.D., 1990). COURSES: Economic Analysis & Public Policy I, Economic Analysis & Public Policy II, Regulated Industries.


HERSCHELLA G. CONYERS, (Law Professor), born Chicago; admitted to bar, 1984, Illinois. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1972); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project, Pre-trial Advocacy. Email: herschella_conyers @


ADAM COX, (Law Professor), born Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 25, 1974; admitted to bar, 2001, New York. Education: Princeton University (B.S.E., 1996); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Immigration Law and the Rights of Non-Citizens, National Borders and Regulatory Policy, Law and the Political Process. Email: adambcox @


KENNETH W. DAM, (Law Professor), born 1932; admitted to bar, 1959, New York. Education: University of Kansas (S.B., 1954); University of Chicago (J.D., 1957). COURSES: Antitrust, Constitutional Law, Financial Institutions, Intellectual Property, International Commercial Arbitration, International Transactions. Email: kenneth_dam @


ROSALIND DIXON, (Law Professor), born Cape Town, South Africa, April 25, 1979; admitted to bar, 2002, New South Wales, Australia. Education: The University of New South Wales (B.A., 2001; LL.B., 2001); Harvard University (LL.M., 2004; S.J.D., 2008). COURSES: Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Legal Theory.


LEE FENNELL, (Law Professor), born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 4, 1966; admitted to bar, 1990, California. Education: Baylor University (B.B.A., 1987); Georgetown University (J.D., 1990); University of Virginia (M.F.J., 1998).


DANIEL R. FISCHEL, (Law Professor), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, Illinois. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1972); Brown University (M.A., 1974); University of Chicago (J.D., 1977).. COURSES: Agency & Partnership, Corporate Finance, Corporations, Current Problems in Corporation Law, Non Profits. Email: daniel_fischel @


MARY ANNE FRANKS, (Law Professor), born 1977; Education: Loyola University New Orleans (B.A., 1999); Oxford University (D. Phil.; M. Phil., 2003); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2007). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: mfranks @


CRAIG B. FUTTERMAN, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1966; admitted to bar, 1991, Illinois. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1988); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Civil Rights, Pre-Trial Practice, Trial Advocacy. Email: futterman @


JACOB GERSEN, (Law Professor), born New Sharon, Maine, July 15, 1973; Education: Brown University (A.B., 1996); University of Chicago (M.A., 1998; Ph.D., 2001); The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2004). COURSES: Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Torts, Insurance Law, Risk and Risk Regulations, Legislation. Email: jgersen @


TOM GINSBURG, (Law Professor), born Berkeley, California, February 22, 1967; admitted to bar, 1997, California. Education: University of California Berkeley (B.A., 1989; J.D., 1997; Ph.D., 1999). COURSES: Comparative Law, International Law, East Asia. Email: tginsburg @


GIDON A.G. GOTTLIEB, (Law Professor), born 1932; admitted to bar, 1958, England. Education: London School of Economics (LL.B., 1954); Trinity College of Cambridge (LL.B., 1956); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1957). COURSES: International Law, International Organizations, Jurisprudence, Negotiation. Email: gottlieb @


BERNARD HARCOURT, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, January 28, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, New York; 1990, Washington D.C.; 1991, Alabama; 1996, Massachusetts. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1984); Harvard University (J.D., 1989; M.A., 1998; Ph.D., 2000). COURSES: Criminal Law. Email: bharcourt @


R.H. HELMHOLZ, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, Missouri. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1962); Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1965); University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1966); Trinity College (LL.D., 1992). COURSES: Estates, Legal History, Natural Resources, Oil & Gas, Real Property. Email: dick_helmholz @


TODD HENDERSON, (Law Professor), born Chattanooga, Tennessee, December 17, 1970; admitted to bar, 1999, Maryland. Education: Princeton University (B.S.E., 1993); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Business Associations, Securities Regulations, Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy. Email: mhenderson @


MARK J. HEYRMAN, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1977, Illinois. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1974); University of Chicago (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Law &Psychiatry, Trial &Appellate Advocacy. Email: mheyrman @


AZIZ ZAHIRUL HUQ, (Law Professor), born Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, April 15, 1974; Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A., 1996); Columbia Law School (J.D., 2001). Email: huq @


JOSEPH ISENBERGH, (Law Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1976, District of Columbia. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1966); University of Rochester (A.M., 1967); Yale Law School (J.D., 1976). COURSES: International Transactions, Taxation, Federal. Email: joseph-isenbergh @


ALISON LACROIX, (Law Professor), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 12, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1996); Harvard University (A.M., 2006); Yale Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Legal History, Federalism, Constitutional Law. Email: lacroix @


WILLIAM M. LANDES, (Law Professor), born 1939; Education: Columbia University (A.B., 1960; Ph.D., 1966). COURSES: Antitrust, Art Law, Economic Analysis of Law, Intellectual Property. Email: william_landes @


BRIAN LEITER, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, January 14, 1963; admitted to bar, 1988, New York. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1984); University of Michigan (J.D., 1987; Ph.D., 1995). COURSES: Jurisprudence, Evidence. Email: bleiter @


JEFF LESLIE, (Law Professor), born Washington D.C., September 28, 1970; admitted to bar, 1997, Illinois. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1992); Yale Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Housing Issues. Email: jleslie @


JO DESHA LUCAS, (Law Professor), born 1921; admitted to bar, 1952, Virginia. Education: Syracuse University (A.B., 1947; M.P.A., 1951); University of Virginia (LL.B., 1951); Columbia University (LL.M., 1952). COURSES: Admiralty, Civil Procedure, Local Government, State & Local Taxation, Torts. Email: jo_desha_lucas @


ANUP MALANI, (Law Professor), Education: Georgetown University (B.S.F.S, 1992); University of Chicago (M.A., P.h.D., 1997; J.D., 2000). COURSES: Health Law, Bankruptcy Law, Corporate Law.


JONATHAN MASUR, (Law Professor), born 1977; Education: Stanford University (B.S.; A.B., 1999); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Criminal Law, Administrative Law, Patent Law. Email: jmasur @


RICHARD MCADAMS, (Law Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia, August, 15, 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Pennsylvania. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1982); University of Virginia (J.D., 1985).


THOMAS J. MILES, (Law Professor), born Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 15, 1968; Education: Tufts University (B.A., 1990); University of Chicago (Ph.D., 2000): Harvard Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Torts, Criminal Law, Economic Analysis of Law. Email: tmiles @


ADAM MUCHMORE, (Law Professor), born 1976; Education: University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1999); Institut d’Études Politiques (C.E.P.E., 2000); Yale Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: muchmore @


PHIL CALDWELL NEAL, (Law Professor), born 1919; admitted to bar, 1943, Illinois. Education: Harvard Law School (A.B., 1940; LL.B., 1943). COURSES: Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law.


ANTHONY NIBLETT, (Law Professor), born Birmingham, United Kingdom, January 26, 1979; Education: University of Melbourne (LL.B./B.Comm., 2002); Harvard University (Ph.D., Economics, 2009). Email: niblett @


MARTHA NUSSBAUM, (Law Professor), born 1947; Education: New York University (B.A., 1969); Harvard University (M.A., 1971; Ph.D., 1975). COURSES: Aesthetics, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Feminism, Law &Literature, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy. Email: martha_nussbaum @


RANDAL C. PICKER, (Law Professor), born 1959; admitted to bar, 1986, Illinois. Education: University of Chicago (B.A, 1980; M.A., 1982; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Commercial Transactions, Corporation Reorganizations, Game Theory & the Law, Regulated Industries, Secured Transactions. Email: r-picker @


ERIC A. POSNER, (Law Professor), born 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Maryland. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1988); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Copyright Law. Email: eric_posner @


JULIE A. ROIN, (Law Professor), born 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia. Education: Radcliffe College (B.A., 1977); Yale Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Contracts, Federal Taxation, International Taxation, Property, Local Government Law, State and Local Taxation. Email: julie_roin @


K. ARDEN ROWELL, (Law Professor), born Denton, Texas, August 4, 1982; admitted to bar, 2007, Washington. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 2001); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2006). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: arden @


ADAM MARCUS SAMAHA, (Law Professor), born Colchester, Essex, UK, February 26, 1970; admitted to bar, 1997, Minnesota. Education: Bowdoin College (B.A., 1992); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Civil Procedure. Email: asamaha @


RANDALL D. SCHMIDT, (Law Professor), born 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Illinois. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1976); University of Chicago (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Employment Discrimination, Evidence, Trial Practice, Admiralty. Email: rschmid @


GEOFFREY R. STONE, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1968); University of Chicago (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure. Email: g-stone @


RANDOLPH N. STONE, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia; 1975, Wisconsin; 1977, Illinois. Education: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (B.A., 1972); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Evidence, Legal Profession, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law, Race & Criminal Justice. Email: snar @


LIOR STRAHILEVITZ, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, December 3, 1973; admitted to bar, 2000, Washington. Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1996); Yale Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Property, Privacy. Email: lior @


DAVID A. STRAUSS, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1980, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard Law School (A.B., 1973; J.D., 1978); Oxford University (B.Phil., 1975). COURSES: Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Torts. Email: d-strauss @


DAVID A. WEISBACH, (Law Professor), born 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Illinois; 1990, District of Columbia. Education: University of Michigan (B.S., 1985); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Tax, Corporate Finance. Email: d-weisbach @


JUDITH MARGARET WRIGHT, (Law Professor), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1980, Illinois. Education: Memphis State University (B.S., 1966); University of Chicago (M.A., 1971, Grad. Lib. Sch.); DePaul University School of Law (J.D., 1980). Email: jmwr @