Jamelle Sharpe

Professor of Law


Professor Jamelle C. Sharpe is an expert on federal administrative law. His research focuses on the constitutional and statutory divisions of policymaking authority between courts and administrative agencies. His work has been published in the Administrative Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review.  His 2018 article, Delegation and Its Discontents, was awarded the Carroll P. Hurd Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. In 2021, Professor Sharpe published the first edition of his casebook, Administrative Law: A Lifecycle Approach, which is part of the Wolters Kluwer Aspen Casebook Series. He has also served as a commentator for both local and national media outlets on issues ranging from judicial politics to separation of powers.

Professor Sharpe has held numerous positions of academic leadership at the College of Law, on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, and in the broader legal academy. He served as the College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2013-2016), as a Provost Fellow (2017 calendar year), and as a fellow in the CIC Academic Leadership Program (2015-2016).  He has also served as the Chair of the AALS Conflicts of Law Section, as an Executive Committee member of the AALS Administrative Law and Legislation Sections, and as President of the University of Illinois’ Phi Beta Kappa chapter. In 2018, Professor Sharpe was selected by the Provost to chair the Urbana-Champaign campus’ Consensual Relationship Policy Review Task Force.

Professor Sharpe currently teaches Administrative Law, Federal Courts, and Immigration Law. He has been selected for the University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students more than a dozen times.  In addition, he has been selected as a Faculty Hooder by the College of Law classes of 2015 and 2021.

Before joining the College of Law faculty in 2008, Professor Sharpe served as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School (2006-2008). Prior to that, he clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2005-2006), and was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York (2003-2005).

Professor Sharpe received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from New York University, where he earned a B.A. in English and American Literature. During the three years prior to attending Yale Law School, Professor Sharpe was an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in New York.


JD Yale Law School
BA New York University

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law
Civil Procedure
Federal Courts


Administrative Law
Federal Courts

Selected Publications

Judging Congressional Oversight, 65 ADMIN. L. REV. 183 (2013).

Legislating Preemption, 53 WM. & MARY L. REV. 163 (2011).

Toward (A) Faithful Agency in the Supreme Court’s Preemption Jurisprudence, 18 GEO. MASON L. REV. 367 (2011).

Beyond Borders: Disassembling the State-Based Model of Federal Forum Fairness, 30 CARDOZO L. REV. 2897 (2009).

The Contracts Clause, in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (David S. Tanenhaus ed., 2008).


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