Many JD applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a law school, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor at a top law school. Today, we focus on Richard A. Posner from the University of Chicago Law School.
Richard A. Posner, one of the most prominent minds in American legal studies, has focused much of his academic career on the influential field of law and economics. Posner not only teaches at the University of Chicago, but also serves as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was the chief judge of the court from 1993 to 2000, and is likely the most prominent U.S. judge alive today, other than the nine judges who sit on the Supreme Court. Not surprisingly, Posner’s teaching focuses largely on judicial behavior. His writings are amazingly broad—he publishes roughly one book a year, in addition to his numerous leading appellate decisions—and titles range from The Economics of Justice to The Little Book of Plagiarism to Sex and Reason. Posner studied at Yale and Harvard, and holds honorary doctorates from several U.S. and foreign universities.