Paul Stancil – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

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

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


  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • B.A., University of Virginia