Elizabeth Chambliss specializes in the empirical study of the legal profession, focusing on the organization and regulation of legal services and the effects of globalization 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 in-house counsel. Based on this research, she proposed a standard for evaluating claims of "in-firm" privilege that subsequently was adopted in Georgia and continues to influence case law on this issue.
Her most recent research focuses on the challenges facing U.S. legal education and law schools' responses to innovations in the delivery of legal services in the U.S. and abroad. She was the principal organizer of the 2010-2011 Future Ed conference, a year-long contest of ideas for innovation in legal education, and she continues to be active in debates about U.S. legal education reform. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) and is Editor-in-Chief of the IILP Review.
Professor Chambliss received her B.S. from the College of Charleston and her J.D. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, where she also served as Assistant Director for the Institute for Legal Studies. 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.