Baylor Law Welcomes Professor Chris Jaeger

June 16, 2021

Baylor Law Welcomes Professor Chris Jaeger

Headshot of Professor Chris Jaeger


Following two years as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU School of Law, Prof. Chris Jaeger joined the Baylor Law faculty in the Summer Quarter 2021. In addition to continuing his research, Jaeger will be teaching Contracts I and II.

The son of a psychology professor, Professor Jaeger dreamed of teaching from an early age—at least since it became clear that professional soccer was not in his future. He earned his B.A. with honors in psychology from the University of Missouri. He then graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt Law School, where he participated in the Vanderbilt Legal Academy Scholars Program, served as an Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review, and published two student notes on topics bridging law and psychology.

Following law school, Jaeger clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for Judge Duane Benton. He then returned to Nashville, where he enjoyed a varied law practice at Stites & Harbison, PLLC, until his academic interests drew him back to Vanderbilt for his Ph.D. in psychology.

“I was drawn to academia because I love teaching—taking complicated ideas and breaking them down, organizing them, and striving to present them in the clearest way possible,” noted Professor Jaeger. He added, “I think this is very similar to what lawyers do in practice, and I encourage my students to practice this skill as well.”

Professor Jaeger’s interdisciplinary research examines ways in which legal rules, standards, and processes reflect intuitive beliefs (and misbeliefs) about the human mind. He is currently studying the law’s frequently used reasonable person standard, using experimental techniques from psychology to empirically investigate how we decide what is "reasonable."

When discussing his research, Professor Jaeger stated, “Much of my research looks at how legal decision-makers apply abstract legal standards and concepts to specific cases. Baylor Law’s emphasis on the law as it is applied in practice makes it an ideal place for me to not only continue this research but to refine it.”

Professor Jaeger and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of two children, an eight-year-old aspiring artist and a four-year-old aspiring superhero.

Professor Jaeger’s research can be found on SSRN and ResearchGate.

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