Carole Silver

Professor of Global Law and Practice


Carole Silver is Professor of Global Law & Practice at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She is an expert in the fields of legal education and the legal profession, including in the global context.  Through empirical research, she examines issues related to equity, diversity, and global forces within the legal profession and legal education.

Silver was Professor of Law at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law from 2010-2013; at the same time, she was Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which is the largest source of data about the educational experiences, behaviors, and attitudes towards law school of law students in the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Before joining Indiana, she was Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University Law School.   Earlier, she practiced corporate and securities law at Sidley & Austin, and clerked for Judge Jesse Eschbach of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She served as a Commission member of the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission from 2009 – 2013, a group created by the ABA President to study the influence of globalization and technology on lawyer regulation, and is wrapping up a three-year term as Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services for the ABA.

At Northwestern, she teaches Business Associations, The Legal Profession: Careers of Law Graduates, and Globalization and the Legal Profession; she also has taught courses on securities regulation, conflict of laws, and legal ethics.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business Associations
  • Legal Profession
  • Legal Education
  • Ethics
  • Global Legal Profession and Legal Education

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  • BA with high honors in History, University of Michigan
  • JD summa cum laude, Indiana University, Bloomington

Prior Appointments

  • Faculty Director, Executive LLM Chicago, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Director, Law School Survey of Student Engagement
  • Executive Director, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate, Sidley Austin
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Jesse Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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