University of Illinois College of Law
Professor of Law
In 2011, Professor Bilz joined the University of Illinois College of Law from Northwestern University Law School, where she served as an Associate Professor of Law. An expert in criminal law and evidence, Professor Bilz focuses her scholarship on how social psychological processes can inform the study of law. Specifically, she is interested in how legal institutions, laws, rules and practices affect perceptions of legitimacy, morality, and justice, which in turn affect behavior. She draws most of her examples from the area of criminal law and evidence. Professor Bilz received her A.B. in Government with honors from Harvard College, her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Princeton University. Before entering law teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Frank Easterbrook on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.