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Nicole Langston

Assistant Professor of Law

Nicole Langston is a bankruptcy scholar whose research examines the interplay between bankruptcy, commercial law, consumer law, and the social cost of debt to address economic inequality. Professor Langston's most recent work examines how the inconsistent treatment of debt in the consumer bankruptcy system follows recognizable racial and socioeconomic lines of vulnerability and marginalization. Her work is forthcoming in the California Law Review.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt Law, Professor Langston was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School. Previously, she practiced as a bankruptcy litigator with Kirkland & Ellis and Latham & Watkins. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Peter J. Walsh and Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and Judge Bernice Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Research Interests


Commercial Law

Consumer Law

Additional Courses



Bankruptcy Seminars

Representative Publications

  • "Discharge Discrimination," 111 California Law Review (forthcoming 2023)
  • "Reexamining the Doctrine of Equitable Mootness in Light of the Detroit Bankruptcy," 31 Com. Law World 8 (2017)
  • "Fifty Years Later and Miranda Still Leaves Us with Questions," 50 Texas Tech Law Review 1 (2017) (with Judge Bernice Donald) (invited symposium contribution)
  • "Changing the Costs: A Rational Choice Perspective on African Americans’ Healthcare Consumption Decisions," 34 Journal of Legal Medicine 413 (2013)