Jonathan F. Harris

Jonathan Harris Portrait
Jonathan F. Harris, Associate Professor of Law

Associate Professor of Law

Grantee, University of California Student Loan Law Initiative

Senior Fellow, Student Borrower Protection Center


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Jonathan Harris researches contracts, labor and employment law, and equity in workforce development. His most recent article, Consumer Law as Work Law, was selected for the 2023 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. His publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the California Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Alabama Law Review, California Law Review Online, Northwestern University Law Review OnlineComparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, and New York City Law Review. Professor Harris's 2021 article, Unconscionability in Contracting for Worker Training, sparked a national movement to rein in abusive Training Repayment Agreement Provisions (TRAPs) that require workers to pay large sums to quit. He is a grantee of the University of California Student Loan Law Initiative and a senior fellow with the Student Borrower Protection Center, and his writing has been cited by entities like the CFPB and the Senate Banking Committee in their efforts to regulate employer-driven debt. 

Professor Harris is the chair of the AALS Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law, as well as an executive committee member of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law and a co-organizer of the Michael A. Olivas Writing Institute. He previously taught in the Lawyering Program at NYU School of Law. Professor Harris clerked for Judge James E. Graves, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit while teaching at Mississippi College School of Law. He began his legal career as a Skadden Fellow, focusing on the intersections of employment and consumer law. Prior to that, he was a labor and community organizer.

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