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School of Law


Elizabeth Chambliss

Title: Professor of Law
Director, NMRS Center on Professionalism
Department: NMRS Center on Professionalism
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-9942
Fax: 803-777-7334

1525 Senate Street
Room 330
Columbia, SC 29208


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NMRS Center on Professionalism

Elizabeth Chambliss


Elizabeth Chambliss studies the organization and regulation of the legal profession and the effects of globalization and information technology on the U. S. legal services market. Much of her research has focused on the management and regulation of large law firms, with a particular focus on the professionalization of law firm general counsel. She also has written about the challenges facing U.S. legal education and continues to be active in debates about legal education reform. Her current research focuses on new models for legal services delivery, and the law and politics of “evidence based” approaches to lawyer regulation.

Professor Chambliss serves on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, the Board of Directors of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Law & Society Review. She received her B.S. from the College of Charleston and her J.D. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, she taught at the University of Texas, the University of Denver, Harvard University, and New York Law School.


  • Problems in Professional Responsibility (LAWS 554)
  • The Future of the Legal Profession (LAWS 686)

Selected Publications

  • Nothing Could Be Finer? The Role of Agency General Counsel in North and South Carolina, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 2039 (2016) (with Dana Remus)
  • Law School Training for Licensed “Legal Technicians”? Implications for the Consumer Market, 65 S.C. L. Rev. 579 (2014)
  • Two Questions for Law Schools About the Future Boundaries of the Legal Profession, 36 J. Legal Prof. 329 (2012)
  • Whose Ethics? The Benchmark Problem in Legal Ethics Research, in Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decision Making in Context (Leslie Levin & Lynn Mather, eds., 2012)
  • When Do Facts Persuade? Some Thoughts on the Market for “Empirical Legal Studies,” 71 Law & Contemp. Probs. 17 (2008)