Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.

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Christopher J. Ryan, Jr.Associate Professor of Law

Contact Information

401-254-4575cjryan@rwu.eduSSRN Author PageCurriculum Vitae


Ph.D, Vanderbilt University
J.D., University of Kentucky
M.Ed., University of Notre Dame
A.B., Dartmouth College

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, including the risk tolerance of and labor market returns to law school graduates. His articles have appeared in law reviews, such as the Alabama Law Review, the Illinois 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 Property, Wills & Trusts, Law & Economics, and Statistics for Lawyers, 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.


“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 Brian L. Frye)

“Corporate Philanthropy,” in Business & Corporate Engagement with Higher Education: Models, Theories, and Best Practices, edited by M. Clevenger & C.J. MacGregor (2019) (with M. Clevenger & C.J. MacGregor)

“How Higher Education Thinks and Behaves,” in Business & Corporate Engagement with Higher Education: Models, Theories, and Best Practices, edited by M. Clevenger & C.J. MacGregor (2019) (with M. Clevenger & C.J. MacGregor)

“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 (2019) (with J.H. Rooksby)

“Historical Evolution of Higher Education in the United States,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Education, edited by L. Meyer (2016)(with C.P. Loss & S. Hinz)


Analyzing Law School Choice, 2020 University of Illinois Law Review __ (forthcoming 2020)

Funding University Research or Patent Litigation?, 51 University of the Pacific Law Review __ (forthcoming 2019) (with Brian L. Frye)

Notetaking Modes and Academic Performance in Two Law School Courses, 68 Journal of Legal Education 207 (2019) (with Colleen P. Murphy & Yajni Warnapala)

The 2019 Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools, 7 Belmont Law Review 86 (2019) (with Brian L. Frye)

A Value-Added Ranking of Law Schools, 29 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 285 (2019)

An Econometric Analysis of North Carolina’s Legislative Right to Counsel, 47 Journal of Law & Education 489 (2018) (with A.R. Nelson)

An Empirical Study of University Patent Activity, 7 N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law 51-84 (2018) (with Brian L. Frye)

A Revealed-Preferences Ranking of Law Schools, 70 Alabama Law Review 495-531 (2017) (with Brian 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 Brian 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 Brian 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)


Close Course Type Descriptions

Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.