Jody Kraus is the Patricia D. and R. Paul Yetter Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. He is an expert on contracts and commercial law. Kraus is the co-author of a leading contracts casebook, has published extensively in both law reviews and peer reviewed journals, testified as an expert in both U.S. and foreign disputes, and served as the area organizer for the contracts and commercial law section of the American Law and Economics Association. He teaches introductory and advanced contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code (sales, secured transactions, and negotiable instruments), creditor’s rights, and suretyship. Kraus also regularly lectures and consults for American and foreign attorneys.
Kraus’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between moral and economic theories of law in general, with particular emphasis on contract law. He serves as the co-director of the Center for Law and Philosophy at Columbia University.
Kraus was a Woodrow Wilson/Charlotte W. Newcombe doctoral fellow, a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics, and a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Arizona's Meritorious Teaching Award and the University of Virginia Law School’s First Year Teaching Award.
Kraus is a member of the New York bar, the Virginia bar, the American Law Institute, the Advisory Board of Legal Theory, the Association of American Law Schools, and the American Philosophical Association.
He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.