Elizabeth Chambliss studies 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 general counsel. She also has written about the challenges facing U.S. legal education and continues to be active in debates about legal education reform. Her current research focuses on the organization of the legal counseling function in state agencies, and the characteristics and career paths of lawyers who serve in senior counseling positions.
Professor Chambliss serves on the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, and the Board of Directors for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. She received her B.S. from the College of Charleston and her J.D. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. 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.