• National Jurist ranks Illinois #24 in Best Schools for Big Law list

    In a recent Back to School edition, the National Jurist ranked the University of Illinois #24 out of 40 in its "Best Schools for Big Law" list. To determine the top schools, the National Jurist weighted percentage of recent graduates who landed Big Law jobs at 70 percent and percentage of alumni who are National Law Journal 250 partners at 30 percent. According to the National Jurist ranking, 25.2% of 2014 graduates landed Big Law jobs.


  • Dean Amar discusses what drew him to Illinois Law, making law school affordable, and his goals as dean in interview with Above the Law

    In an interview with David Lat from Above the Law, Dean Vikram Amar explains what drew him to Illinois, what he hopes to accomplish as dean, and how he plans to make law school more affordable. Here's an excerpt, part of Amar's answer to what drew him to Illinois:

    "The climate conditions that matter — the intellectual atmosphere, the employment outlook, the cultural ambience — were all very appealing. For a deanship to be a good fit for me, the school would have to have a first-rate faculty that is both interdisciplinary and distinctively engaged in law and professional training, an accomplished alumni base that could be tapped to help support the school in a variety of ways, a strong and collegial student body, and a world-class university setting with special access to a major metropolitan market. The University of Illinois scores well on all those fronts."

    Full interview at Above the Law 


  • Dean Amar looks at the politically-charged Supreme Court docket in LA Times op-ed

    The new Supreme Court term opens today, and its docket is lined with politically-charged, controversial cases that will help shape the political debate heading into the 2016 presidential campaign. Dean Vikram Amar and Yale Law Professor Akhil Amar provide a good overview and context for the cases in an op-ed, published in the LA Times

    Dean Amar is also interviewed by Adam Liptak of the New York Times for the reporter’s take on the new Supreme Court term.

    LA Times op-ed

    New York Times article

  • Hyman study shows the trickery of native advertising

    A new study by Professor David Hyman and David Franklyn (USF School of Law) sought to determine if consumers could tell the difference between regular content (unpaid for) and native advertising (paid for).

    An article on World Trademark Review featured the study: "An online survey was conducted amongst 1,000 US individuals, with respondents presented with different images and videos. In terms of overall findings, while 65% of respondents (13% unsure) correctly identified unpaid content, significantly fewer people (37%) recognised the examples of native advertising as paid-for content. In fact, almost half (49%) mistook native advertising content for unpaid content. ... Just 17% correctly identified a Mini ad on Buzzfeed as paid for content. Only two of the examples of native advertising (for PayPal and Jaspers Market) were correctly identified as ‘paid for’ by more than 50% of respondents."

  • Mazzone's book used in France's efforts to give stronger protections to the public domain

    Professor Jason Mazzone's book, Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law, is playing an important role in efforts in France to give stronger protections to the public domain. Drawing on Professor Mazzone's proposals, a group of prominent French cultural and political leaders has called on the French government to amend French law to provide affirmative statutory protection for the public domain and punish false copyright claims. The group, which published their appeal in the national newspaper Le Monde, includes Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Festival, Bruno Chaudret, director of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, and the award-winning actor Denis Podalydès. 

  • Benson serving as parliamentarian for the Faculty Senate, chair of the Faculty Committee on Conduct Governance

    Professor Sara Benson has been asked to serve as a parliamentarian for the Faculty Senate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Parliamentarian is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Roberts Rules of Order during the Faculty Senate meetings.

    Benson is also serving as chair of the Faculty Committee on Conduct Governance for the 2015-16 academic year.

  • Rowell named prestigious University Scholar

    Professor Arden Rowell has been named a University Scholar, a highly prestigious and competitive award program at the University of Illinois. Started in 1985, it recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service across all three campuses. At 32, Rowell is one of the youngest in the program’s history to receive the award.

    Rowell, who was promoted to full professor with tenure earlier this year, is a Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar. She researches risk regulation and human behavior, specifically how legal decision makers make rational decisions using cost-benefit calculations when the variables at stake will reach across time and space. Her recent paper, “Using and Improving the Social Cost of Carbon,” was recently published in Science, one of the world’s top scientific journals. 

    Rowell is the fifth member of the law faculty to receive the honor. Previous recipients include Tom Ginsburg (2005), Ron Rotunda (1996), Peter Maggs (1995), and Michael Hoeflich (1985).


  • Thomas on Interactive Constitution: Why are civil jury trials so rare?

    Professor Suja Thomas was selected to participate in Interactive Constitution, a new initiative by the National Constitution Center. She debates the Seventh Amendment: “Jury Trial in Civil Lawsuits” and examines the questions of why civil jury trial has become so rare and what should be done about it.

    Interactive Constitution brings together experts to explore the Constitution’s history and what it means today. For each provision of the Constitution, scholars of different perspectives discuss what they agree upon, and what they disagree about. The project is sponsored by the American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, the College Board, and the John Templeton Foundation.

    Thomas is an expert on the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendment jury provisions, civil procedure, employment law, theories of constitutional interpretation, and consumer issues.

  • Vaknin ('15) receives American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence

    Daniel Vaknin (’15) has been selected to receive the 2015 American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. The award honors a single student who has achieved the highest grade in their bankruptcy courses or has achieved other recognition through either a professional project or other dedication to improving the bankruptcy laws and the bankruptcy bar. Professors Ralph Brubaker, Robert Lawless, and Charles Tabb nominated Vaknin.


  • Winship named the Corporate and Business Law Visiting Scholar in Residence at Delaware Law

    Professor Verity Winship was named the Corporate and Business Law Visiting Scholar in Residence at Delaware Law. The program is designed to introduce newer and promising scholars in corporate and business law to the Delaware bench and bar, so that the bench and bar can benefit from their scholarly insights and so that they can enrich their scholarship with feedback from Delaware’s internationally renowned legal community. 

    Winship’s academic interests are in the area of business law and complex litigation. Specifically, her research focuses on corporate litigation, securities enforcement, and disputes that cross legal systems.

    Delaware Law’s announcement  

  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: U. of I. law dean wants new spotlight on school

    The summer tends to be a low-key time of the year at law schools. It’s been anything but for Vikram D. Amar. After University of Illinois College of Law named him one of three finalists in April for its vacant deanship, Amar waited until July 6 to be officially named dean. 


  • Mazzone gave Constitution Day lecture at UIS Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series

    Professor Jason Mazzone was the invited speaker at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speaker Series for Constitution Day. Mazzone discussed the Roberts Court and assessed how the Supreme Court impacts the social and political lives of ordinary Americans as well as how the Court's decisions are themselves informed and shaped by the views and experiences of citizens.

  • Kar: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discrimination

    The Supreme Court's interpretation of the equal protection clause fails to acknowledge how many ordinary beliefs in race regularly function in prejudicial ways, says a paper co-written by Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois professor of law and of philosophy.

    “The ideal in American law is that all people are treated equally under the law, and that the law should treat people based on their particular choices and actions, and never on legally irrelevant grounds like race,” Kar said.


  • Sandefur: Attorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the law

    A new study from Illinois sociology and law professor Rebecca Sandefur shows that attorneys’ knowledge of the law plays only a small part in their impact in some civil courts, supporting the idea that other kinds of legal assistance might have a role.

    “Lawyers go to law school for three years, they study lots of cases, they learn a lot of law. You would think that that’s what would make a difference,” Sandefur said. “But for this set of problems, what lawyers seem to do that makes a difference is understand how to move paper around, and show up at what office at what time, and phrase things in the magic words that law understands.”


  • Adam Liptak delivers the Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Lecture

    Adam Liptak delivered "The Roberts Court at Ten: A Reporter's Reflections" for the the fall 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession. 



  • 10/23 Homecoming 2015

    Friday, October 23, 2015–Saturday, October 24, 2015
    College of Law Building

    Join us for Homecoming 2015! All alumni and friends are welcome to participate in the festivities and cheer on the Fighting Illini. For more information, visit the Homecoming page.

  • 10/23 Raymond LaHood to deliver "Bipartisanship in Government" for the Vacketta-DLA Piper 2015 lecture

    Friday, October 23, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Raymond LaHood will deliver the fall 2015 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law. His talk is titled "Bipartisanship in Government."

    LaHood served as the 16th department of transportation secretary from 2009-13 and represented the 18th District of Illinois in the US House of Representatives from 1995-2009. He is a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper.

    Reception to follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion. The lecture is free and open to the public.


  • 10/26 The Legitimacy of Targeted Killings

    Monday, October 26, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    3:00 PM–5:00 PM

    An exchange between:

    Jeremy Waldron, the University Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University, and
    Michael S. Moore, the Walgreen University Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Law at the University of Illinois

    The event is free and open to the public. 

    Sponsored by the University of Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy, Center for Advanced Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

  • 11/12 Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School to deliver David C. Baum Memorial Lecture

    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Pamela S. Karlan will deliver the fall 2015 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

    Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director, of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School. She is currently serving as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.

  • 11/18 Investiture of Kurt T. Lash as the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    The University of Illinois College of Law cordially invites you to attend the investiture of Kurt T. Lash as the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law.

    Reception to follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion.

    Event is free and open to the public.


  • 11/19 Investiture of Dean Vikram David Amar as the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law

    Thursday, November 19, 2015
    Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
    12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    The University of Illinois College of Law cordially invites you to attend the investiture of Dean Vikram David Amar as the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.

    Reception to follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion.

    Event is free and open to the public.


  • 12/9 CLE in Chicago: Best Practices in Civil Litigation

    Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    Chapman & Cutler, 111 W. Monroe Street, 16th Floor Conference Room
    3:00 PM–4:15 PM

    This course has been approved for 1.00 Illinois MCLE general credit hour. 

    FREE, but registration required.