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Tracey E. George

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty
Professor of Political Science

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 in which she examines how institutional design influences actions and outcomes in state and federal judicial systems. She is also a recognized expert on the study of legal education. She and UCLA Law Professor Russell Korobkin have published an innovative casebook on contract law, a subject for which she has earned Vanderbilt's student-selected Hall-Hartman Teaching Prize seven times. 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 Contract Law (Aspen 2nd ed 2016) (with Russell Korobkin)
    Full Text | WWW
  • Statutory Supplement for First-Year Contracts (Aspen 2016) (with Russell Korobkin)
  • What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law (Aspen 2nd ed. 2016) (with Suzanna Sherry) (Amazon page)
  • The Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts? (2016) (with Albert H. Yoon) (
  • "The Role of Personal Attributes and Social Backgrounds on Judging," in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Judicial Behavior (Lee Epstein and Stefanie Lindquist eds., 2016) (with Taylor Grace Weaver)
  • "Article I Judges in an Article III World: The Career Path of Magistrate Judges," Nevada Law Journal (2016) (with Albert H. Yoon)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Courts of Good and III Repute: Garoupa and Ginsburg's Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory," University of Chicago Law Review (2016) (with Albert H. Yoon)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • “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