Paul Stancil

Professor of Law

Professor Paul Stancil joined the BYU Law School faculty Fall 2014. Before coming to BYU, Professor Stancil taught law at the University of Illinois College of Law for eight years and spent ten years in private practice as an antitrust and intellectual property attorney.

Professor Stancil’s research focuses upon the game theory of litigation, legislation, and regulation, and more specifically upon the role transaction costs play in determining legal outcomes. He is particularly interested in the ways transaction costs interact with the procedural rules governing litigation. Professor Stancil’s recent articles have been published in the Virginia Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, and the Baylor Law Review. He has also published articles in the Cardozo Law Review and the Temple Law Review.

Before entering teaching, Professor Stancil practiced antitrust and intellectual property law as a shareholder of Godfrey & Kahn in Milwaukee and as an associate at Baker Botts in Houston and Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam in Lubbock, Texas. In his private practice, Professor Stancil represented both corporate and individual clients in connection with a variety of antitrust and patent infringement matters. Professor Stancil also taught antitrust law at the University of Houston as an adjunct professor. Professor Stancil received his bachelor's in economics and Spanish from the University of Virginia. He also earned his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Professor Stancil teaches Antitrust Law, Federal Courts, and Civil Procedure.

Courses Taught

  • Antitrust
  • Civil Procedure
  • Co-Curr Trial Advocacy
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Empirical Methods
  • Federal Courts 1
  • Law and Economics
  • Public Choice Theory


  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • B.A., University of Virginia
  • Cert-ProofSupreme Court Economic Rev. (forthcoming). [SSRN]
  • Discovery and the Social Benefits of Private Litigation, 71 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 2171 (2018). [SSRN]
  • Substantive Equality and Procedural Justice, 102 Iowa L. Rev. 1633 (2017). [SSRN]
  • The Problem with One-Size-Fits-All Procedure, __ Fla. St. U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2015).
  • Congressional Silence and the Statutory Interpretation Game, 54 Wm & Mary L. Rev. 1251 (2013). [SSRN]
  • The Legal Academy as Dinner Party: A (Short) Manifesto on the Necessity of Inter-Interdisciplinary Legal Scholarship, 2011 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1577 (2011). [SSRN]
  • Close Enough for Government Work: The Committee Rulemaking Game, 96 Virginia L. Rev. 69(2010). [SSRN]
  • Balancing the Pleading Equation, 61 Baylor L. Rev. 90 (2009). [SSRN]
  • Assessing Interest Groups: A Playing Field Approach, 29 Cardozo L. Rev. 1273 (2008). [SSRN]
  • Atomism and the Private Merger Challenge, 78 Temple L. Rev. 949 (2006). [SSRN]
  • Still Crazy After All These Years: Understanding the Robinson-Patman Act TodayBus. Law Today, Sept./Oct. 2004 at 39-43.