Tracey E. George

Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty
Professor of Political Science
Director, Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program

Tracey George brings a social science perspective to a range of topics, including judges and courts, judicial selection and elections, legal education and the legal profession, and contract law and theory. She has published numerous studies of Article III courts and judges in which she examines how institutional design influences actions and outcomes. She is a recognized expert on the study of legal education and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Education and the LSAC Grants Subcommittee. She and UCLA Law Professor Russell Korobkin have published an innovative casebook on contract law, a subject for which she has earned multiple teaching prizes. In addition to teaching Contracts to first-year students, George teaches an introduction to law school course The Life of the Law which she created with colleague Suzanna Sherry along with the course textbook and teaching materials, which are now used at numerous other law schools. Before joining the Vanderbilt law faculty in 2004, Professor George served as a professor of law at Northwestern University Law School, where she was also faculty associate at the Institute for Policy Research. She was named director of the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program in 2011, and the Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence in 2012. She was appointed to the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty in fall 2013.

Research Interests

Federal courts and judges, state judicial systems, judicial selection, judicial elections, multidistrict litigation, legal education, the legal profession, contract law

Representative Publications

  • K: A Common Law Approach to Contracts (Aspen 2012) (with Russell Korobkin) (Amazon page)
  • Statutory Supplement for First-Year Contracts (Aspen 2013) (with Russell Korobkin)
  • What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law (Aspen 2009) (with Suzanna Sherry) (Amazon page)
  • “The Labor Market for New Law Professors,” 11 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 1 (2014) (with Albert H. Yoon)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Venue Shopping: The Judges of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation," 97 Judicature 196 (2014)
    Full Text | HEIN
  • "Who Will Manage Complex Litigation? The Decision to Transfer and Consolidate Multidistrict Litigation," 10 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 424 (2013) (with Margaret S. Williams)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "The New Old Legal Realism," 105 Northwestern University Law Review 689 (2011) (with G. Mitu Gulati & Anne C. McGinley)
    Full Text | HEIN
  • "Mr. Sunstein’s Neighborhood: Won’t You Be Our Co-Author?", The Green Bag Almanac & Reader 213-230 (2009) (with Paul Edelman)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “Remaking the United States Supreme Court in the Courts’ of Appeals Image,” Duke Law Journal (2009) (with Chris Guthrie)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • “The Threes”: Reimagining Supreme Court Decision Making," 61 Vanderbilt Law Review 1825 (2008) (with Chris Guthrie)
    Full Text | HEIN

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Contact Information

(615) 322-6310 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)
Room 240 (office)

Curriculum Vitae



J.D. Stanford Law School
M.A. (Political Science) Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. and B.S. Southern Methodist University