University of Chicago, B.A., M.A.
American University, J.D.
Columbia University, LL.M., J.S.D.
Professor Claire A. Hill joined the Law School faculty in 2006 after a year as a visiting professor. She teaches corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, and a seminar in law and economics. She is the founding director of the Law School’s Institute for Law and Rationality, and the associate director of its Institute for Law and Economics. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the University’s Center for Cognitive Sciences.
Professor Hill received her B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, her J.D., summa cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law, and an LL.M and J.S.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was an Olin Fellow.
Before becoming a law professor, she practiced corporate law at several law firms including Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York and Dickstein Shapiro in Washington D.C. She has taught at the law schools of Boston University, George Mason University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University (where she was a Sloan Visiting Professor), and Chicago-Kent (where she was a Freehling Scholar). At the Law School she was the 2007-08 Julius E. Davis Professor, 2008-09 Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar, and 2009-11 Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow before being appointed the James L. Krusemark Chair in Law in 2011.
Professor Hill's research interests include corporate governance, capital structure, structured finance, rating agencies, secured debt, contract theory, law and language, and behavioral economics. She has published numerous articles on these and other topics; her articles have appeared in law reviews as well as journals in finance and psychology. Her work also has been featured on various business blogs. Securities Law Review, an annual edited volume of noteworthy scholarship in the field, included her articles in its 1998, 2005, and 2011 volumes, and the Queen’s Law Journal gave her its 2007 David Watson Memorial Award for significant contributions to legal scholarship for "The Law and Economics of Identity." She has been interviewed on television and radio programs on the subject of rating agencies.
International Financial Regulation: First, Do No Harm, in Festschrift zu Ehren von Christian Kirchner: Recht im okonomischen Kontext (Mohr Siebeck, 2014)
(with Brett McDonnell)
What Mistakes Do Lawyers Make in Complex Business Contracts, And What Can and Should be Done About Them?: Some Preliminary Thoughts, in Revisiting the Contracts Scholarship of Stewart Macaulay: On the Empirical and the Lyrical (Jean Braucher, John Kidwell & William C. Whitford, eds., Hart Publishing, 2013)
Why Are Non-US Contracts Written in US Legalese? Some Preliminary Thoughts and a Research Agenda, in Law and Language (Michael Freeman & Fiona Smith, eds., Oxford University Press, 2013)
Fiduciary Duties: The Emerging Jurisprudence, in Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law (Claire A. Hill & Brett H. McDonnell, eds., Edward Elgar, 2012)
(with Brett McDonnell)
Introduction: The Evolution of the Economic Analysis of Corporate Law, in Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law (Claire A. Hill & Brett H. McDonnell, eds., Edward Elgar, 2012)
(with Brett McDonnell)
The Promise and Limits of Financial Engineering in Emerging Markets, in Financial Innovations and the Welfare of Nations: How Cross-Border Transfers of Financial Innovations Nurture Emerging Capital Markets (Laurent L. Jacque & Paul M. Vaaler, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001)
Commentary: The Trajectory of Complex Business Contracting in Latin America, 83 Chicago-Kent Law Review 179 (2008) (Symposium on Law and Economic Development in Latin America: A Comparative Approach to Legal Reform)
Negative Dimensions of Identity: A Research Agenda for Law and Public Policy, 9 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 643 (2008) (Symposium on Self and Other: Cognitive Perspectives on Trust, Empathy and the Self)
(with Avner Ben-Ner)
The Rationality of Preference Construction (and the Irrationality of Rational Choice) 9 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 689 (2008) (Symposium on Self and Other: Cognitive Perspectives on Trust, Empathy and the Self)
Stone v. Ritter and the Expanding Duty of Loyalty, 76 Fordham Law Review 1769 (2007), reprinted in Corporate Governance: Directors' Duties (K. Janardhanacharyulu, ed., Amicus Books, an imprint of Icfai University Press)
(with Brett McDonnell)
Tax Lawyers are People Too, 26 Virginia Tax Review 1065 (2007) (commentary on Victor Fleischer, Options Backdating, Tax Shelters, and Corporate Culture, 26 Virginia Tax Review 1031 (2007)), reprinted in Monthly Digest of Tax Articles (2007)
How Do German Contracts Do as Much with Fewer Words?, 79 Chicago-Kent Law Review 889 (2004); also published in Ordinary Language and Legal Language (Barbara Pozzo, ed., Giuffre, 2005) (conference papers presented at the 2003 Conference of Comparative Law and Language, co-sponsored by the Associazione italiana di diritto comparato, the American Society of Comparative Law, and Milan University Faculty of Law)
(with Christopher King)
Law and Economics in the Personal Sphere, 29 Law & Social Inquiry 219 (2004) (reviewing Richard Posner, Sex and Reason (Harvard University Press, 1992), Eric Posner, Law and Social Norms (Harvard University Press, 2000), Robert Frank, Luxury Fever (Free Press, 1999) & Margaret Brinig, From Contract to Covenant (Harvard University Press, 2000)) (review essay)
Comment on Adler & Triantis: The Aftermath of North LaSalle Street, 70 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1297 (2002) (Fifteenth Annual Corporate Law Symposium: Corporate Bankruptcy in the New Millennium)
Securitization: A Financing Strategy for Emerging Markets, 11 Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 55 (1998)
Why Financial Appearances Might Matter: An Explanation for "Dirty Pooling" and Some Other Types of Financial Cosmetics, 22 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 141 (1997), reprinted in 30 Securities Law Review 89 (1998)
Securitization: A Low-Cost Sweetener for Lemons, 74 Washington University Law Quarterly 1061 (1996), reprinted in part in Steven L. Schwarcz, Bruce A. Markell & Lissa L. Broome, Securitization, Structured Finance and Capital Markets (LexisNexis, 2004); adapted version in 10 Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 64 (Spring 1997), reprinted in The New Corporate Finance: Where Theory Meets Practice (Donald H. Chew, ed., Irwin/McGraw-Hill, 2d ed., 1999)
Collateral for IMF Loans, in Expert Papers (Allan H. Meltzer, chairman, International Financial Institution Advisory Commission, 2000)
Book Review, 18:2 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 150 (2003) (reviewing Rebecca Johnson, Taxing Choices: The Intersection of Class, Gender, Parenthood and the Law (University of British Columbia Press, 2002))