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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Elizabeth Chambliss

Title: Henry Harman Edens Professor of Law
Director, NMRS Center on Professionalism
Department: NMRS Center on Professionalism
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-9942
Fax: 803-777-7334

1525 Senate Street
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 development of legal and methodological standards for evidence-based lawyer regulation.

Professor Chambliss serves on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Legal Services Design Project, 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

  • Afterword, in Modernising Legal Education (Catrina Denvir, ed., Cambridge University Press 2020)
  • Evidence-Based Lawyer Regulation, 97 Wash. U.L. Rev. 297 (2019)
  • Marketing Legal Assistance, 148 Daedalus 98 (2019)
  • Nothing Could Be Finer? The Role of Agency General Counsel in North and South Carolina, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 2039 (2016) (with Dana Remus)
  • What We Know and Need to Know About the Future of Legal Services: White Papers for the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services (2016) (Elizabeth Chambliss, Renee Newman Knake, and Robert L. Nelson, Eds.)
  • Law School Training for Licensed “Legal Technicians”? Implications for the Consumer Market, 65 S.C. L. Rev. 579 (2014)
  • It’s Not About Us: Beyond the Job Market Critique of U.S. Law Schools, 26 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 423 (2013)
  • Two Questions for Law Schools About the Future Boundaries of the Legal Profession, 36 J. Legal Prof. 329 (2012)

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