Research & Scholarship


KU Law ranks 40th overall and 16th among public law schools for scholarly impact, according to a 2021 study. Many professors are authors of textbooks and casebooks used in classes at KU and in law schools across the U.S. and overseas.

Faculty regularly present their research in presentations and lectures at conferences and law schools across the nation and around the globe.

Learn about recent research, scholarship, service and publications from the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Research & Scholarship Stats

  • #16 – ranking among public schools for scholarly impact

  • 150 – presentations and lectures in 2019-20

Faculty Scholarship Highlights

Faculty regularly publish articles and studies in their fields. Recent examples include law review articles, casebooks and book chapters. Learn about previous publications and accomplishments in the Faculty News Archive.

Professor argues for arbitration precedent

Professor Stephen Ware has written an article and spoken at judicial and academic conferences urging courts to follow the many precedents enforcing arbitration agreements notwithstanding “rejection” in bankruptcy.

Stephen Ware

Education privacy law failing

New research from Associate Professor Najarian Peters argues that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, should be enhanced to add more protections to prevent the inclusion of inaccurate and misleading data, known as dirty data, in the education record.

Najarian Peters

Equal voice in switch to renewable energy

Professor Uma Outka is a co-principal investigator on a project to give communities a voice in policy guiding the transition to renewable energy, supported by a $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Uma Outka

Whistleblower programs marred by cronyism

According to a new study by Alexander Platt, associate professor of law, government programs that pay “bounties” to whistleblowers who come forward have, themselves, been hampered by mismanagement, cronyism and abuse. The study has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and other media.

Alexander Platt

Innovation in scholarly communication

Professor Corey Rayburn Yung is one of two recipients of the 2022 David Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication, granted by the KU Libraries. Yung is recognized for his publication of two OER law textbooks that have helped reduce costs for students in a particularly expensive field.

Corey Rayburn Yung

Faculty Service Highlights

In addition to scholarship and teaching, our faculty serve in leadership positions with professional organizations and contribute to legal research projects.

International service

Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor, testified to the House of Commons International Trade Committee about the use of free trade agreements to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Raj Bhala

Professor becomes editor of legal education blog

Melanie Daily recently became editor of the Best Practices for Legal Education blog. The influential online outlet discusses, documents and records reforms in legal education. Daily has been a blog commentator and author for several years.

Melanie Daily

Recent Faculty Books

Lumen Mulligan

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules and Commentary

Lumen Mulligan, 2020 edition (Thomson Reuters) – With co-author Steven Gensler of the University of Oklahoma, Mulligan has written the premier practice-oriented guide for using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. For each rule, the authors explain what it is and how it works.
Michael H. Hoeflich

The Black Book of Justice Holmes: Text Transcripts and Commentary

Michael H. Hoeflich (Talbot Publishing, with co-editor Ross E. Davies) – Hoeflich's volume on Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. gives insight into the judge's mind and activities for a half-century.

Faculty Media Coverage

KU Law faculty are frequently interviewed as subject matter experts for news stories.
Faculty Media Coverage

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