Professor Eric Talley on the Changing Landscape of the Business Law Education


Eric Talley is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law. He is an expert in the intersection of corporate law, governance, and finance, and he teaches a variety of courses that include corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, contract and commercial law, microeconomics, corporate finance, securities regulation, quantitative methods, game theory, and economic analysis of law.

Talley has held permanent or visiting appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, Caltech, University of Chicago; Harvard University; Georgetown University, RAND Graduate School; and Stanford University. He has also taught short courses at the University of New South Wales; the University of Sydney; University of San Diego; Tel Aviv University, the Interdisciplinary Center; and University of Miami.

He serves on the boards of the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA), as well the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, and was the society’s co-president in 2013–2014. Talley is a frequent commentator in the national media, and he speaks regularly to corporate boards and regulators on issues pertaining to fiduciary duties, governance, and finance. He is a native of Los Alamos, N.M.

Talley holds a J.D. from Stanford University, where he was the articles editor for the Stanford Law Review; a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University; and a B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego.