About Jerome Hall

Jerome Hall was a pioneer in interdisciplinary analysis of legal problems. So influential is Hall’s scholarship that, though he died in 1992, his work is still cited regularly in journals that include the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Texas Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, and the Stanford Law Review. Our faculty, and the faculty of this distinguished university, continue Hall’s work through their scholarship, especially through their work with the Center for Law, Society, and Culture.

A member of the Indiana Law faculty from 1939 to 1970, Hall was internationally recognized for his seven books and many articles on criminal law and jurisprudence. He was the only person to hold simultaneously the presidency of both the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy and the American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. 

Hall’s books include Theft, Law and SocietyStudies in Jurisprudence and Criminal TheoryGeneral Principles of Criminal LawLiving Law of Democratic SocietyComparative Law and Social Theory; and Cases and Readings on Criminal Law and Procedure

During his long and distinguished career, Hall brought his astonishing breadth of knowledge to hundreds of IU students and to the rest of the world. Asked by the U.S. Department of State to assist in the reconstruction of Korea's legal system in 1954, Hall was later named honorary director of the Korean Legal Institute and lectured in Japan, Formosa (Taiwan), the Philippines, and India. As a Fulbright Scholar, he lectured at the University of London and Queen’s University in Belfast, and, as a Ford Foundation Lecturer, he spoke in Mexico and South America. His books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, German, French, and Portuguese.

In 2015, a generous gift from Lowell E. Baier, '64, resulted in the naming of the Law School's main building in Baier's honor. In addition, Baier asked that the school's law library be named in honor of Hall. Baier served as a research assistant under Hall while in law school and credits his mentor for much of his professional success.