Robert L. JonesRobert L. Jones
Associate Professor of Law

B.A. University of California at Berkeley
J.D. New York University School of Law



Phone: 815-753-1460
Room: 198C


Associate Professor Robert L. Jones teaches Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws, Antitrust Law, and Evidence.

Professor Jones' scholarship focuses on constitutional interpretation, legal history, and federalism.  His 2007 article, Finishing a Friendly Argument, offers a new historical understanding for Article III of the U.S. Constitution and the creation of the lower federal courts.  

Professor Jones began his legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein. He then practiced antitrust law for four years in Washington, DC as an associate at Arnold & Porter. Professor Jones joined NIU from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught in the clinical wing of the Law School from 2003 until 2007.  

Professor Jones received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1998, where he was an Articles Editor on the NYU Law Review, a teacher in the High School Law Institute, and a member of the Latino Law Students Association. While in law school, Professor Jones served as a summer law intern with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. He earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an intercollegiate athlete on the track team. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars.

Professor Jones was quoted in February 2010 as an expert on Constitutional law in an article in Chicago's Daily Herald.  The article, which can be read here, deals with a potential landmark identity theft decision.

Professor Jones teaches Conflict of Laws for the Barbri bar review course in Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado.  He is the faculty advisor for the Law Review and the Environmental Law Society.   


Faculty News for Professor Jones


  • A Longitudinal Analysis of the U.S. News Law School Academic Reputation Scores between 1998 and 2013, 40 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013).
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  • Lessons from a Lost Constitution: The Council of Revision, the Bill of Rights, and the Role of the Judiciary in Democratic Governance, 27 J.L. & Pol. 459 (Spring 2012).
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  • Finishing a Friendly Argument: The Jury and the Historical Origins of Diversity Jurisdiction, 82 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 997 (2007).
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Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws, Legal History, Evidence, Antitrust, Civil Procedure, and Trial Advocacy