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Joshua Fischman

Professor
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB302C
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2006
J.D. Yale Law School 1999
A.B. Princeton University 1994
Biography

Josh Fischman rejoined the faculty as professor of law in 2016 after previously serving on the faculty from 2008 until 2012. His research interests include law and economics, empirical methods, judicial decision-making and criminal sentencing. He was previously a professor of law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, an assistant professor of economics at Tufts University and a visiting professor at Duke Law School.

Fischman earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a J.D. from Yale and an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics; the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; the American Law and Economics Review; the Journal of Legal Studies; the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

LAW 7005: Antitrust
Credits: 3–4
This class studies American efforts to prevent the private subversion of free competition. In addition to analysis of the statutes and case law, students consider the history of antitrust regulation and the economic assumptions that drive much of its application.
LAW 7075: Quantitative Methods
Credits: 3
This course provides an introduction to the basic mathematical tools that a lawyer needs. The topics covered are drawn principally from probability, statistics, and finance. The course emphasizes the use of statistical and quantitative reasoning in litigation (such as employment discrimination, toxic tort, and voting rights cases) and in policy debates.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 9089: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9090: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the second semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9123: Judging
Credits: 3
How do judges decide cases? Lawyers and scholars have long debated this question, which has important implications for normative theories about how judges should decide cases. This seminar will examine these positive and normative accounts of judging in a variety of contexts, seeking to integrate social science research with a lawyers internal perspective on the judicial process.