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List of notable or famous law professors from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top law professors born in the United States and even some popular law professors who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American law professors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These law professors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known law professor from the United States is included when available.

This list features people like Cass Sunstein and John Yoo.

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Akhil Reed Amar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Akhil Reed Amar age 59 Akhil Reed Amar is an American legal scholar, an expert on constitutional law and criminal procedure. Formerly the Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School, he was named Sterling Professor ...more

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Ann Althouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Ann Althouse age 67 Ann Althouse is an American law professor and blogger.

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Annette Gordon-Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Annette Gordon-Reed age 59 Annette Gordon-Reed is an American historian and law professor noted for changing scholarship on Thomas Jefferson regarding his relationship with Sally Hemings and children by her. Gordon-Reed ...more

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Bernardine Dohrn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Bernardine Dohrn age 76 Bernardine Rae Dohrn was a leader of the Weather Underground, a group that was responsible for the bombing of the United States Capitol, the Pentagon, and several police stations in New York, as ...more

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Bradley A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Bradley A. Smith age 60 Bradley A. Smith is an professor at Capital University Law School who served as Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission between 2000 and 2005. He is best ...more

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Brian Leiter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Brian Leiter age 55 Brian Leiter is an American philosopher and legal scholar who is Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, founder and Director of Chicago's Center ...more

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Bruce Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Bruce Ackerman age 74 Bruce Arnold Ackerman is an American constitutional law scholar. He is a Sterling Professor at Yale Law School. In 2010, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global

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Burt Neuborne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Burt Neuborne age 77 Burt Neuborne is a nationally renowned civil liberties defender. Professor Neuborne has acted as lead counsel in the recent Holocaust Litigation against the Swiss Banks. A former National Legal ...more

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Cass Sunstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Cass Sunstein age 63 Cass Robert Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the ...more

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Charles Nesson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Charles Nesson age 79 Charles Rothwell Nesson is the William F. Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking ...more

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Charles Ogletree is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Charles Ogletree age 65 Charles James Ogletree, Jr. is Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law School, the founder of the school's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and the author of numerous ...more

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Dale Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Dale Carpenter Dale Carpenter is an American legal commentator and Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. As a professor, Carpenter ...more

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Dawn Johnsen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Dawn Johnsen age 56 Dawn Elizabeth Johnsen is an American lawyer and the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Constitutional law, who is currently on the faculty at Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in ...more

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Dennis Crouch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Dennis Crouch age 42 Dennis David Crouch is an American patent attorney who worked for McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago, Illinois, until 2007. In 2007, he accepted a post of associate ...more

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Dennis J. Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Dennis J. Hutchinson age 72 Dennis J. Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago, and Master of the undergraduate College's New Collegiate Division where he directs the Law, Letters, and Society ...more

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Derrick Bell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Derrick Bell Died at 81 (1930-2011) Derrick Albert Bell, Jr. was the first tenured African-American Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and is largely credited as one of the originators of critical race theory. He was a ...more

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Douglas Kmiec is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Douglas Kmiec age 66 Douglas W. Kmiec is an American legal scholar, author, and former U.S. ambassador. He is the Caruso Family Chair and Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Kmiec ...more

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Eben Moglen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Eben Moglen age 58 Eben Moglen is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, and is the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center, whose client list includes numerous ...more

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Elena Kagan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Elena Kagan age 57 Elena Kagan is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kagan is the Court's 112th justice and fourth female justice. Kagan was born and raised in New York City. After ...more

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Elizabeth Warren age 68 Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American academic and politician who is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law ...more

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Eric Posner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Eric Posner age 52 Eric Andrew Posner is an American law professor, son of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge Richard Posner.

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Erwin Chemerinsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Erwin Chemerinsky age 64 Erwin Chemerinsky is an American lawyer and law professor. He is a prominent scholar in United States constitutional law and federal civil procedure. He is the current and founding dean of the ...more

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Eugene Volokh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Eugene Volokh age 50 Eugene Volokh is an American law professor, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He publishes the blog "The Volokh Conspiracy". He is an academic affiliate ...more

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Francis Boyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Francis Boyle age 68 Francis Anthony Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He received an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, then a J.D. ...more

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G. Robert Blakey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
G. Robert Blakey age 82 George Robert Blakey is an Irish American attorney and law professor. He is best known for his work in connection with drafting the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and for ...more

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Garrett Epps is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Garrett Epps age 68 Garrett Epps is an American legal scholar, novelist, and journalist. He is professor of law at the University of Baltimore; previously he was the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law ...more

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Geoffrey R. Stone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Geoffrey R. Stone age 72 Geoffrey R. Stone is an American law professor. He is currently the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

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Glenn Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Glenn Reynolds age 57 Glenn Harlan Reynolds is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, and is best known for his weblog, Instapundit, one of the most widely read American ...more

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Goodwin Liu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Goodwin Liu age 47 Goodwin Hon Liu is an American lawyer, educator and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. Before his appointment by California Governor Jerry Brown, Liu was Associate Dean and ...more

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Harold Hongju Koh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Harold Hongju Koh age 63 Harold Hongju Koh is a Korean American lawyer and legal scholar. He served as the Legal Adviser of the Department of State. He was nominated to this position by President Barack Obama on March ...more

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Harvey Goldschmid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Harvey Goldschmid age 77 Harvey Jerome Goldschmid was the Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. From 2002 to 2005, he served as a member of the Securities & Exchange Commission, where, though a Democrat, ...more

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Herbert Hovenkamp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Herbert Hovenkamp age 70 Herbert Hovenkamp holds the Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair at the University of Iowa College of Law. Hovenkamp is a recognized expert and prolific author in the area of Antitrust law. He received ...more

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Hugh Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Hugh Hewitt age 62 Hugh Hewitt is an American radio talk show host with the Salem Radio Network, lawyer, academic, and author. A conservative, a Catholic, he comments on society, politics, and what he regards as ...more

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Ian Ayres is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Ian Ayres age 59 Ian Ayres is an American lawyer and economist. He is a professor at the Yale Law School and at the Yale School of Management.

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Jack Balkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jack Balkin age 61 Jack M. Balkin is an American legal scholar. He is the Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. Balkin is the founder and director of the Yale ...more

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Jack Goldsmith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jack Goldsmith age 55 Jack Landman Goldsmith is a Harvard Law School professor who has written extensively in the field of international law, civil procedure, cyber law, and national security law. He has been ...more

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Jamie Raskin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jamie Raskin age 55 Jamie Raskin is an American law professor and politician. He teaches constitutional law and legislation at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. He serves as the ...more

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Jed Rubenfeld is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jed Rubenfeld age 59 Jed Rubenfeld, is the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is an expert on constitutional law, privacy, and the First Amendment. He joined the Yale Law School faculty in ...more

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Jeffrey L. Fisher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jeffrey L. Fisher age 48 Jeffrey L. Fisher is an American law professor and U.S. Supreme Court litigator. He has argued several and worked on dozens of other cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is co-director of the ...more

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Jerome A. Cohen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jerome A. Cohen age 87 Jerome Alan Cohen is a professor of law at New York University School of Law, an expert in Chinese law, a senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as ...more

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John C. Coffee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
John C. Coffee age 73 John C. "Jack" Coffee, Jr. is the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia University Law School.

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John McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
John McGinnis John Oldham McGinnis is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law and author of over 90 academic and popular articles and essays. His popular writings have been published in The Wall ...more

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John Palfrey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
John Palfrey age 46 John Palfrey is a leading American educator, scholar, and law professor. He is a notable authority on the legal aspects of emerging media, and he is an advocate for Internet freedom, including ...more

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John Yoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
John Yoo age 50 John Yoo appeared in the 2011 film War on Terror.

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Jonathan Turley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jonathan Turley age 56 Jonathan Turley is an American lawyer, legal scholar, writer, commentator, and legal analyst in broadcast and print journalism. He is currently a professor of law at The George Washington ...more

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Jonathan Zittrain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Jonathan Zittrain age 48 Jonathan L. Zittrain is an American professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School, a professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and ...more

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Khaled Abou El Fadl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Khaled Abou El Fadl age 54 Dr. Khaled Abou el Fadl is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches International Human Rights, Islamic jurisprudence, National ...more

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Kris Kobach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Kris Kobach age 52 Kris W. Kobach is the Secretary of State of Kansas. He is also currently of counsel with the Immigration Law Reform Institute, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. He ...more

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Lani Guinier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Lani Guinier age 67 Lani Guinier is an American civil rights theorist; she is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the second woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at that ...more

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Lester Brickman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Law Professors from the United States
Lester Brickman Lester Brickman is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of the Yeshiva University and a legal scholar. Brickman is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a juris ...more