Michael Simkovic   


Associate Professor of Law

Professor Simkovic’s research focuses on the intersection between law and finance, with a particular emphasis on credit markets, financial regulation, and taxation. His work has appeared in leading journals including The University of Chicago Law Review, The Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Journal of Legal Studies. In 2015, he received the American Law Institute’s Young Scholars Medal and became an elected member of the American Law Institute.

In 2012, he won the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers award for Best Professional Article. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was voted among the most influential in legal education by National Jurist Magazine.

He is a frequent contributor to Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports, and has published in The Washington Post and The New York Times Dealbook.

His work has been cited by federal regulators and in popular publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, and USA Today.

He has presented his research at the American Law & Economics Association Conference, the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, the National Tax Association, and at Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Berkeley, Northwestern, University of Virginia, UCLA, and USC.

Professor Simkovic has served as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and as a visiting scholar at Fordham University.

Before joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Simkovic was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in legal, regulatory and business issues affecting financial services companies; and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School.

At Davis Polk, Professor Simkovic defended leveraged buyout lenders in Lyondell Chemical. He also assisted in the settlement of multi-million dollar class-action suit related to mortgage-lending and helped a global investment bank monitor and analyze the business impact of SEC proposals.

At McKinsey, Professor Simkovic analyzed the likely impact on mortgage originators and securitizers of new regulations proposed in response to the subprime mortgage crisis, analyzed demographic and financial trends to help develop retirement products, and helped global financial services firms reduce costs, forecast demand, and optimize capacity.

At the New York Attorney General's Office, Professor Simkovic investigated retail financial service companies engaged in potentially illegal and deceptive sales practices.

At Seton Hall, in addition to his research and traditional teaching, Professor Simkovic helps develop online courses for the master’s degree in financial compliance.



Taxes, Subsidies, and Knowledge: A Reply to Professor Oei, 83 U. Chi. L. Rev. Online 1 (2016)

The Knowledge Tax, 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1981 (2015)

Populist Outrage, Reckless Empirics: A Review of Failing Law Schools, 108 NW. U. L. Rev. Online 176 (2014) (Co-authored)

The Economic Value of a Law Degree, 43 J. Legal Stud. 249 (2014) (Co-authored with Frank McIntyre; presented at 2013 American Law & Economics Association Conference, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies)

Competition and Crisis in Mortgage Securitization, 88 Ind. L.J. 213 (2013) (Winner of the 2012 American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition; presented at American Association of Law Schools Conference 2012)

Risk-Based Student Loans, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 527 (2013)

Leveraged Buyout Bankruptcies, The Problem of Hindsight Bias, and the Credit Default Swap Solution, 2011 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 118 (2011) (with co-author)

Credit Card Reform and Bankruptcy Reform, 10 Norton Bankr. L. Adviser 1 (2009)

Secret Liens and the Financial Crisis of 2008, 83 Am. Bankr. L.J. 253 (2009)

The Effect BAPCPA on Credit Card Industry Profits and Prices, 83 Am. Bankr. L.J. 1 (2009)

The Effect of Mandatory Disclosure on Open Market Stock Repurchases, 6 Berkeley Bus. L.J. 96 (2009)


The Effects of Ownership and Stock Liquidity on the Timing of Repurchase Transactions, 18 J. Corp. Fin. 1023 (2012)


Making Fraudulent Transfer Law More Predictable, Handbook on Corporate Bankruptcy (forthcoming) (Barry Adler, ed. (Edward Elgar 2016)

Overall Stagnation in Legal Jobs Hides Underlying Shifts, The New York Times Dealbook (April 1, 2016)

Paving the Way for the Next Financial Crisis, 29 Banking & Fin. Services Pol'y. Rep. 1 (2010)



Samantha Masunaga, This week, credit cards with chips are to become the standard, Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2015.

Michael Hiltzik, A Wall Street solution on student loans that benefits (surprise!) the rich, Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2015.

Valerie Strauss, Is There a “right Time” to Go to Law School — and If so, What Is It?, The Washington Post, August 28, 2015.

Natalie Kitroeff, Should the Government Charge Certain People Less for Student Loans?, Bloomberg Business, June 18, 2015.

Jordan Weissmann, A Sign That Washington Might Be Charging Grad Students Too Much Interest on Their Student Loans, Slate, 2015.

Dorothy A. Brown, Law Schools Are in a Death Spiral. Maybe Now They’ll Finally Change, The Washington Post, March 9, 2015.

Christine Dugas, As Bankruptcy Filings Mount, Attention Turns Again to Reform, USA Today, March 27, 2009.

Thom Weidlich, Visa, MasterCard Seek Fee Suit Dismissal Over Payment Issue, Bloomberg.com (2011).

Gretchen Morgenson, Given a Shovel, Americans Dig Deeper Into Debt, The New York Times, July 20, 2008.

Brian Leiter, American Law Schools and the Psychology of Cyber-Hysteria, The Huffington Post, December 31, 2013.

Eva Shang, Setting the bar: Is law school the right move for you?, USA TODAY College (2014).

Jordan Weissmann, Is the Lost Generation of Law School Graduates Still Lost?, Slate, 2015.

Jordan Weissmann, Now Is a Great Time to Apply to Law School, Slate, 2014.

Dylan Matthews, Ignore the Haters. Law School Is Totally Worth the Cash, The Washington Post, July 18, 2013.

Tom Hamburger & Alexander Becker, At Fast-Growing Brookings, Donors May Have an Impact on Research Agenda, The Washington Post, October 30, 2014.

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Why Law Schools Are Losing Relevance — and How They’re Trying to Win It Back, The Washington Post, April 20, 2015.

Steven Davidoff Solomon, Debating, Yet Again, the Worth of Law School, New York Times DealBook, June 18, 2013.

Steven Davidoff Solomon, Law Schools and Industry Show Signs of Life, Despite Forecasts of Doom, The New York Times, March 31, 2015.