Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.
Christopher J. (CJ) Ryan, Jr. joined the faculty in 2018. Previously, he was a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where he maintains affiliated scholar status.
His research uses econometric methods to examine how organizations make decisions about their fiscal, real, and intellectual property assets, especially in response to legal and economic market forces. In addition to his scholarship in the areas of intellectual property and business law, he studies the legal profession and the economics of legal education, as well as risk tolerance of and labor market returns to law school graduates. His articles have appeared in law reviews, such as the Alabama Law Review and the NYU Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, as well as peer-reviewed journals, including Research in Higher Education and the Journal of College & University Law. His scholarship has been cited in the Washington Post, Politico, Above the Law, and Inside Higher Ed. He teaches Wills & Trusts, Statistics for Lawyers, and Property, and he has also taught master’s level courses on organizations and administration.
When he is not teaching or researching, he enjoys running, yoga, spending time with his family, live music, and college football.
“Corporate Responsibility,” in Research Handbook on Corporate Governance, edited by M. Clevenger (forthcoming 2019).
“Technology Transfer and the Public Good,” in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, edited by J. Phillips (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2019) (with B.L. Frye).
“The College and Its Trustees and Officers,” in The Law of Higher Education, 6th ed., edited by W.A. Kaplin, B.A. Lee, N.H. Hutchens & J.H. Rooksby (forthcoming 2018) (with J.H. Rooksby).
An Econometric Analysis of North Carolina’s Legislative Right to Counsel, 47 Journal of Law & Education 489 (2018) (with A.R. Nelson)
An Empirical Analysis of University Patent Activity, 7 N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law 51-84 (2018) (with B.L. Frye)
A Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools, 70 Alabama Law Review 495-531 (2017) (with B.L. Frye)
The Dissertation Dilemma and the Challenge of American Graduate Education, 26 Good Society 313-331 (2017) (with C.P. Loss)
Fixing Forum Selling, 25 Miami Business Law Review 1-27 (2017) (with B.L. Frye)
Labor Market Returns for Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, 59 Research in Higher Education 29-53 (2017) (with T.J. Park & S.M. Flores)
An Empirical Study of Law Journal Copyright Practices, 16 John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 207-245 (2016) (with B.L. Frye & F.L. Runge)
Trusting U.: Examining University Endowment Management, 42 Journal of College & University Law 159-212 (2016)
Something Corporate: The Case for the Treatment of Proprietary Education Institutions as Corporations, 40 Journal of College & University Law 247-284 (2014)
Old School: A Recommendation for the Treatment of the Disposition of Property Exempt from Local Zoning Ordinances in Kentucky, 6 Kentucky Journal of Equine Agriculture & Natural Resources Law 221-251 (2014)
Not-So-Open Access to Legal Scholarship: Balancing Stakeholder Interests with Copyright Principles, 20 Richmond Journal of Law & Technology 1-34 (2013)
LSM.856 (Honors Course)Statistics For LawyersClick to Open
In every type of modern legal practice, lawyers must regularly deal with problems that require a basic understanding of concepts and methods from statistics and economics. This course provides an introduction to these subjects and their application and relevance to law. The purpose of this course is to make you competent enough with numbers so that you are prepared to handle the range of quantitative issues that come up in modern legal practice. Grades will be based on class participation, graded problem sets, and a final examination. No prior background in statistics or economics is required; however, we will regularly use basic algebra and arithmetic. Students with strong backgrounds in economics, mathematics, or statistics should consult with the professor before enrolling in the course
Course DegreeJuris Doctor
Faculty AssociatedChristopher J. Ryan, Jr.
LAW.749Wills & TrustsClick to Open
This course is intended to prepare a student to advise clients about ordering their personal and financial affairs to more effectively provide for themselves and the people about whom they care. Various dispositive mechanisms inter vivos testamentary and in trust, will be covered, as well as devices to appoint health care and financial proxies. The course will also address the ethical and professional responsibilities of lawyers representing clients in this area.