Riaz Tejani


Riaz Tejani

PhD, Princeton University
JD, University of Southern California
MA, Princeton University

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Springfield
Legal Studies Department
E-Mail: rteja2@uis.edu
Telephone: (217) 206-6561
Office: PAC 338



Recipient of the 2017 SGA Outstanding Faculty Award, Riaz Tejani studies the moral economy of U.S. legal education.  His research into law school marketization addresses race and class inequality, access to justice, business and professional ethics, and organizational culture.  Riaz’s first book, Law Mart: Justice, Access, and For-Profit Law Schools (Stanford University Press, 2017), is an ethnographic account of proprietary legal education during and after the global financial crisis.  His second book, Law and Society Today (U.C. Press, 2019, under contract), critically surveys contemporary themes in socio-legal studies after “law and economics”.  Riaz serves on the National Advisory Council of the non-profit research center Law School Transparency, and his recent articles have appeared in American Ethnologist, U.C. Irvine Law Review, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review.  His work has been cited or reviewed by outlets ranging from the Yale Law Journal Forum and Harvard Law Review to Inside Higher Education and NPR Illinois.  Riaz holds a PhD in social anthropology from Princeton University and a JD from the USC Gould School of Law, where he was a Fellow at the Center for Law, History, and Culture.  His past research affiliations include the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm and the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in Paris, France.

Courses taught: Theories of Justice, Comparative Law, Law and Society, Seminar in Politics and the Law, Legal Anthropology, Law and Economics, Tort Law, and Qualitative Research Methods.



  • Law and Society Today, (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, under contract, 2019).
  • Law Mart: Justice, Access and For-Profit Law Schools, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017). [Amazon]


Articles, Chapters and Working Papers

  • “A Working-class Profession? Opportunism and Diversity in U.S. Law,” (Dialectical Anthropology, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Market Creep: “Product” Talk in Legal Education,” TBA, eds. Mindie Lazarus-Black and Meera Deo (London: Ashgate, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Distance in Law and Globalization: Armchair Anthropology Revisited,” Comparative Law and Anthropology, ed. James Nafziger (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017).  [SSRN]
  • “Professional Apartheid: the Racialization of U.S. Law School Markets After the Global Economic Crisis,” American Ethnologist 44:3, 2017. [Wiley]
  • “Efficiency Unbound: Processual Deterrence for a the New Legal Realism,” 6 UC Irvine Law Review 207, 2016. [SSRN]
  • “Proprietary Law Schools and the Marketization of Access to Justice”, WP-228, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, [SSRN]
  • “‘Fielding’ Legal Realism: the Law Student as Participant Observer,” The New Legal Realism: Translating Law-And-Society For Today’s Legal Practice, eds. Stewart Macaulay, Elizabeth Mertz & Thomas Mitchell, Cambridge University Press, 2016. [Amazon]
  • “‘A Logic of Camps’: French Antiracism as Competitive Nationalism,” Political And Legal Anthropology Review 38:1, Spring 2015. [SSRN]
  • “National Geographics: Toward a Federalism Function of American Tort Law,” 51 San Diego Law Review 81, 2014. [SSRN]
  • “Little Black Boxes: Legal Anthropology and the Politics of Autonomy in Tort Law,” 11 University of New Hampshire Law Review 129, 2013. [SSRN]
  • “Liberalism Repatriated: Prospects of an Anthropology of Antiracism,” Anthropological Quarterly 77:2, Spring, 2004. [Muse]
  • “The Vanishing Point: Humanity, Vision, and Value Theory in the Age of Economic Globalization” Alternate Routes/Chemins Alternatifs 20, 2004.


Engaged Writings

  • “Food Drive for the Aspiring Attorney: For-profit Law Schools Are Likely to Remain Unchallenged Under Trump,” Stanford University Press Blog, June 17, 2017.
  • “Are We All For-Profit?” New Legal Realism Conversations, August 2014. [Web]
  • “Beyond San Jose State: Legal Ed Innovation Should be Handled with Care,” New Legal Realism Conversations, May 2013. [Web]
  • “Extremism in the Defense of Liberty?: Entropic Power in the Copper State,” Anthropology News 53:9, November, 2012.
  • “Transnationalism and Nonpurity: Europe, Law Schools, and ‘Law in Action’ for the Current Crisis,” New Legal Realism Conversations, August 2012. [Web]



  • (Review) Sturm, Circe. Blood Politics: Race, Culture, and Identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Anthropological Theory 6:4, 501–502, 2007. [Sage]
  • (Review) Seshradi-Crooks, Kalpana. Desiring Whiteness: a Lacanian Analysis of Race, Anthropological Theory, 3:1 137, 2002. [Sage]


Conferences & Presentations

  • “Fourth Tier Schismogenesis,” Legal Education: The State of the Art, Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession, UC Irvine School of Law, Irvine, CA, June 2017.
  • Discussant, “Qualitative and Mixed Methods Workshop,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 2017.
  • “Marketing Justice: Neoliberal Access and the For-Profit Law School,” American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL, February 2016.
  • “Race, Law, and Ideology: Emancipatory Discourses in the Marketization of Access to Justice,” Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego, CA, January 2016.
  • Discussant, “Qualitative and Mixed Methods Workshop,” Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January 2016.
  • “Marketing Justice: Neoliberal Access and the For-Profit Law School,” Department of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine, CA, December 2015.
  • ““Dangerous Liaison”: Civil Rights Discourses in the World of For-Profit Law Schools,” The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, Duke University School of Law, November 2015.
  • Discussant, “Revolt as Reason: On the Praxis of Philosophy from Below,” Sabbatical Presentation by Professor Richard Gilman-Opalsky, University of Illinois-Springfield, April 2015.
  • “Law For-Profit: Proprietary Law Schools and the Marketization of Access to Justice,” Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., December 2014.
  • “‘Les Amalgams: The Extra-Legality of Race as Religion in French Civil Rights Participation,” Realist Studies of Law Beyond Borders, New Legal Realism Conference, UC Irvine School of Law, August 2014.
  • Discussant, “Global Affairs and the Liberal Arts Workshop,” Yale-National University of Singapore, Yale University, October 2013.
  • “National Geo-Graphics: Toward a “Federalism Function” of American Tort Law,” Works in Progress, Arizona Summit Law School, August 2013.
  • Discussant, “Translating Society for Law and Policy: How Do We Get There from Here?” Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association, Boston, May 2013.
  • “Learning How to Act: Europe in Movement Unmoved,” Borders and Belonging: The Berkeley Journal of Sociology Annual Conference, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley, April 2011.
  • “Little Black Boxes: Legal Anthropology and the Politics of Autonomy in Tort Law,” Works in Progress, Phoenix School of Law, September 2011.
  • “Learning How to Act: Europe in Movement Unmoved,” Global Justice Conference, Center for International Studies, University of Southern California, March 2011.
  • “Crisis and Constitution: French Antiracism and Belonging in the New Legal Order of Europe,” Phoenix School of Law, November 2010.
  • “Crisis and Constitution: French Antiracism and Belonging in the New Legal Order of Europe,” Southwestern Law School, November 2009.
  • “Behind the Veil: Fadela Amara and the Battle over French Muslim Women’s Bodies,” Graduate Colloquium, Program in Gender Studies, Princeton University, October 2009.