Christopher J. Ryan Jr. is an associate professor of law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation.
Dr. Ryan teaches Decedents’ Estates & Trusts, Secured Transactions, and Law & Economics. He has previously taught Property, Tax, and Statistics for Lawyers. In addition to writing in the doctrinal areas in which he teaches, much of his research centers on corporate governance, the legal profession, the economics of higher education, and technology transfer. An interdisciplinary scholar, he has written more than 20 articles that have appeared in law reviews — such as the Alabama Law Review, Georgetown Law Review, Illinois Law Review, and SMU Law Review — specialty journals at NYU, Georgetown, and Notre Dame, and peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Legal Education and Research in Higher Education. He is a recognized expert in legal education, trust law, non-profit law, and the law surrounding student loans. His scholarship has been discussed in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Above the Law, and Inside Higher Ed, among other media outlets. Dr. Ryan’s published and working papers can be found at his SSRN page.
He received an A.B. from Dartmouth College, a M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. When he is not teaching, researching, or spending time with his family, he enjoys running, cycling, hot yoga, live music, and college football.