Dean Amar joined the University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign as its dean in 2015, after having been a professor of law for many years at law schools in the University of California System, most recently the UC Davis School of Law, where he served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Amar is one of the most eminent and frequently cited authorities in constitutional law, federal courts, and civil procedure. He has produced several books and over 50 articles in leading law reviews. He is a co-author (along with Jonathan Varat) of Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials  (Foundation Press, 15th ed. 2017) and a co-author on multiple volumes of the Wright & Miller Federal Practice and Procedure Treatise (West Publishing Co.). He is also the co-author of a one-volume treatise on American Civil Procedure. He writes a biweekly column on constitutional matters for and a monthly column on legal education for, is a frequent commentator on local and national radio and TV, and has penned dozens of op-ed pieces for major newspapers and magazines.

Amar earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and his juris doctor from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Yale Law Journal. He then clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he handled a variety of complex civil and white collar criminal matters.

It appears that dean Amar was the first person of South Asian heritage to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, and was the first (and is currently the only) American-born person of Indian descent to serve as a dean of a major American law school. Follow Dean Amar’s bi-weekly column on and his monthly column on Above the Law, and read archived posts from his column.