Pierre Schlag

University Distinguished Professor &
Byron R. White Professor of Law
Jurisprudence; Constitutional Law; Legal Philosophy; Tort Law

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 406
Phone: (303) 492-3110
E-mail: pierre.schlag@colorado.edu

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Pierre Schlag is Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado and Byron R. White Professor at the Law School. He attended Yale College and received his J.D. from UCLA where he served as an Articles Editor on the UCLA Law Review. Prior to entering the legal academy, he worked as a lawyer with the Washington D.C. firm of Covington & Burlington where he practiced primarily in antitrust and tax law. While at the law firm, he was fortunate to devote much of his time to pro bono work on constitutional law in a variety of matters involving racial discrimination, freedom of speech and unreasonable searches and seizures.

Professor Schlag teaches jurisprudence, constitutional law, torts as well a variety of seminars on ethics, law and economics, and contemporary legal theory. Since entering the legal academy, Professor Schlag has written in a wide array of fields including legal philosophy, constitutional interpretation, legal reasoning, law and economics, freedom of speech, and the aesthetics of law. In addition to his four books (two co-authored), Professor Schlag has published numerous articles, essays, and book reviews. His work has been translated into French, Russian, Ukranian, Polish, Italian, and Spanish.

Published Books

The Enchantment of Reason, (1998).
Laying Down the Law, (1996).
Against the Law (1996) (Co-authored).
Tactics of Legal Reasoning (Co-authored).


Textualist and Purposivist Interpretation (Challenges and Problems), in The Transformation or Reconstitution of Europe: The Critical Legal Studies Perspective on the Role of the Courts in the European Union (Persin & Rodin, eds.)(2018).
The Knowledge Bubble (Something Amiss in Expertopia), in Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought (Desautels-Stein & Tomlins, eds.)(2017). abstract
L'Autonomie des Avocats (Une Conception Problématique Parmi Des Développements Démoralisants), (fortchoming in Assier, Ed. L'AUTONOMIE DES AVOCATS 2015).
How to Do Things With Hohfeld, 78 Law & Contemp. Prob. 185 (2015). abstract
Coase Minus the Coast Theorem?Some Problems with Chicago Transaction Cost Analysis, 99 IOWA L. REV. 175 (2013). abstract
Four Conceptualizations of the Relations of Law to Economics (Tribulations of a Positivist Social Science), 33 Cardozo L. Rev. 2357 (2012).
The Faculty Workshop, 60 Buff. L. Rev. 807 (2012).
Formalism and Realism in Ruins (Mapping the Logics of Collapse), 95 Iowa L. Rev. 195 (2010).
Spam Jurisprudence, Air Law, and the Rank Anxiety of Nothing Happening (A Report on the State of the Art), 97 Geo. L.J. 803 (2009).
The Dedifferentiation Problem, 42(1) Cont. Philos. Rev. 35 (Special Issue on Continental Philosophy of Law) (2009).
Derrida, Jacques (1930-2004), Essentialism, and Interpretation and Reasoning, Legal, in Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives (David S. Clark ed., Sage Pubs.) (2007).
The Anxiety of the Law Student at the Socratic Impasse'An Essay on Reductionism in Legal Education, 31 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 575 (2007).
A Brief Survey of Deconstruction, 27 Cardozo L. Rev. 741 (in NYU/Cardozo Derrida-America symposium) (2005). abstract
My Dinner at Langdell's, 52 Buffalo L. Rev. 851 (2004). abstract
The Aesthetics of American Law, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 1047 (2002). abstract
Jurisprudence Noire (Symposium essay on Lawrence Joseph's Lawyerland), 101 Colum. L. Rev. 1733 (2001). abstract
Authorizing Interpretation The Day, Berry & Howard Visiting Scholar Lecture, 30 Conn. L. Rev. 1065 (1998). abstract
Law as a Continuation of God by Other Means, 85 Cal. L. Rev. 427 (1997).
Law and Phrenology, 110 Harv. L. Rev. 877 (1997). abstract
The Empty Circles of Liberal Justification, 96 Mich. L. Rev. 1 (1997).
Hiding the Ball, 71 N.Y.U. L. Rev.1681 (1996).
Values, 6 Yale J. L. & Humanities 219 (1994). abstract
Clerks in the Maze, 91 Mich. L. Rev. 2053 (1993). abstract
Normativity and the Politics of Form, 139 U. Pa. L. Rev. 801 (1991). abstract
The Problem of the Subject, 69 Texas L. Rev. 1627 (1991). abstract
Normative and Nowhere to Go, 43 Stan. L. Rev. 167 (1990). abstract
Le Hors de Texte, C'est Moi ' The Politics of Form and the Domestication of Deconstruction, 11 Cardozo L. Rev. 1631 (1990).
The Problem of Transaction Costs, 62 So. Calif. L. Rev. 1661 (1989). abstract
Missing Pieces: A Cognitive Approach to Law, 67 Tex. L. Rev. 1195 (1989). abstract
Cannibal Moves: The Metamorphoses of the Legal Distinction, 40 Stan. L. Rev. 929 (1985).
Rules and Standards, 33 UCLA L. Rev. 379 (1985). abstract
Assaults on the Exclusionary Rule: Good Faith Limitations and Damage Remedies, 73 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 875 (1982).

Other Publications

Kandinsky or Hart?, The Crit, critui.com. Symposium (2008).
This Could Be Your Culture, 109 Harv. L. Rev. 1681 (1996).

Book Chapters

Critical Legal Studies, in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History 295 (Stanley N. Katz ed.) (2009).
Law and Philosophy in the Hyperreal, in On Philosophy in American Law 257 (Francis J. Mootz III ed.) (2009).
Schlag (with Kimberly C. Diego), Slavery, Restatements of the Law (US), and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in The New Oxford Companion to Law (Peter Cane & Joanne Conaghan eds.) (2008).
Slavery, The Restatements of Law, and ACLU, in Oxford Companion to Law (Peter Cane et al, eds) London: Oxford University Press (2007).
Critical Legal Studies, in Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History (Stanley Katz et al. eds.) New York: Oxford University Press, (2007).

Book Reviews

Nudge, Choice Architecture, and Libertarian Paternalism, 108 Mich. L. Rev. 913 (2010) ((reviewing Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness (2008)). (2008).


Fall 2024 Torts LAWS 5425-803
Fall 2024 Sem: Special Topics in Law LAWS 8002-805
Spring 2024 Jurisprudence LAWS 7128-801
Fall 2022 Torts LAWS 5425-802
Fall 2022 Legal Reasoning LAWS 6823-801
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Spring 2022 Seminar: Advanced Torts LAWS 8425-801
Fall 2021 Torts LAWS 5425-802
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Fall 2020 Torts LAWS 5425-801
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Fall 2020 Seminar: Constitutional Theory LAWS 8015-801
Spring 2020 Jurisprudence LAWS 7128-801
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Fall 2018 Seminar: Constitutional Theory LAWS 8015-801
Spring 2018 Seminar: Fascism and the Liberal State LAWS 8110-801
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Fall 2016 Torts LAWS 5425-803
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Fall 2016 Seminar: Critical Law and Economics LAWS 8412-001
Fall 2015 Torts LAWS 5425-803
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Fall 2015 Legal Reasoning LAWS 6823-001
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Fall 2014 Seminar: Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion LAWS 8808-001
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Spring 2013 Constitutional Law LAWS 6005-801
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