Carole Silver

Professor of Global Law and Practice


Carole Silver is Professor of Global Law & Practice at Northwestern University Law School. Her scholarship investigates the influence of globalization on the work and structure of law firms, on legal education and on regulation of the profession.  She teaches courses on business associations, globalization and the legal profession and professional responsibility.

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 surveys law students in the United States, Canada and Australia about their educational experiences, behaviors and attitudes towards law school.  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. Professor Silver served as a member of the ABA’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.

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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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