Corey Rayburn Yung

Professor of Law
Primary office:
403 Green Hall

Corey Rayburn Yung joined the KU Law faculty as a visiting associate professor in the Fall 2011 semester and accepted a full-time position in June 2012. Before he arrived at KU, Yung was an associate professor for the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, with research focused on criminal law, sex crimes, and judicial decision-making. Yung’s scholarship has been cited by several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court in Kennedy v. Louisiana. Yung is regularly consulted by the media and has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among other news media.

Before Yung began his professorial career, he served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and spent two years clerking for the Hon. Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. As part of his work as a lawyer, Yung helped create a training program for the Liberian criminal defense bar, assisted the Office for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, represented a death row inmate in Florida, and directed and coordinated efforts during bribery investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Yung regularly assists in sex crime cases and instructs practitioners in regard to various criminal law issues. He earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Courses Taught:
  • Criminal Law
  • Sex Crimes


Representative Publications

“Rape Law Fundamentals,” 26 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism (forthcoming 2014); "How to Lie with Rape Statistics," 99 Iowa Law Review (Forthcoming, 2014) => "How to Lie with Rape Statistics," 99 Iowa Law Review 1197 (2014); "A Typology of Judging Styles," 107 Northwestern University Law Review 1757 (2013); "The Incredible Ordinariness of Federal Penalties for Inactivity," 2012 Wisconsin Law Review 841 (2012); “Beyond Ideology: An Empirical Study of Partisanship and Independence in the Federal Courts,” 80 George Washington Law Review 2 (2012); “Flexing Judicial Muscle: An Empirical Study of Judicial Activism in the Federal Courts,” 105 Northwestern University Law Review 1 (2011); “Judged by the Company You Keep: An Empirical Study of the Ideologies of Federal Judges,” 51 Boston College Law Review 1133 (2010); “The Emerging Criminal War on Sex Offenders,” 45 Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review 435 (2010).

Research Interests
Sex crimes, judicial decision-making, legal interpretation and criminal law.

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Politics, 2002; B.A., University of Iowa, 1999.

New York, 2003.

Career History
Associate, Shearman & Sterling, 2002-2004, 2006-2007; Law Clerk, the Hon. Michael J. Melloy, United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 2004-2006; Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School, 2007-2009; Associate Professor, John Marshall Law School, 2009-2012; Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 2012-2014; Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2014-present.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance