Many JD applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a law school, but the educational experience you’ll have is what 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 Kevin Davis from the New York University (NYU) School of Law.
Since 2004, Kevin Davis has been a professor of law at the NYU School of Law, where he teaches law and development, contracts and secured transactions, often with a focus on economic development. Davis, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, clerked for a judge at the Supreme Court of Canada and briefly practiced, before earning his LLM from Columbia. After teaching in Canada for several years, he came to NYU as a visiting professor in 2003 and has been at the school ever since. In 2008, Davis was appointed the Beller Family Professor of Business Law. In The Law School—the NYU School of Law’s magazine—he said that he tries to show his students not only “how to think like a lawyer and understand how to engage in legal reasoning,” but also “to recognize that they don’t always have to take legal rules as given. Some rules vary across time and place; they’re malleable. I want my students to see that there’s room for debate around the margins, while still recognizing the boundaries.”