Jonathan Glater

Professor of Law

Jonathan Glater is a professor of law at UCLA School of Law, where in the 2020-21 academic year he will teach Disability Law, Education Law & Policy, and an introductory course on Criminal Law. He previously taught at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Glater received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, J.D. from Yale Law School, and M.A. in international relations from Yale University. After graduating from law school he worked in private practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in New York City, before joining the reporting staff of The New York Times, where he worked for nine years before entering the legal academy.

Glater's publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the California Law Review, and the UC Davis Law Review, among others. His scholarship has focused on accessibility of higher education and in particular on the implications of student debt.


  • Articles And Chapters
    • The Sovereign Shield (with Kate Elengold), 73 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2021). Full Text
    • Student Debt is a Civil Rights Issue: The Case for Debt Relief and Higher Education Reform (with Dalié Jiménez), 55 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming 2020). Full Text
    • What We Wish For: In the Wake of Brown v. Board, 10 Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming).
    • Statutory Analysis: Criminal Law and an Ever-Evolving Law School, 10 U.C. Irvine Law Review 401 (2020). Full Text
    • A Prison of the Imagination: Higher Education in Bakke, 52 U.C. Davis Law Review 2451 (2019).
    • Law School, Debt, and Discrimination, 68 Journal of Legal Education 548 (2019). Full Text
    • The Narrative and Rhetoric of Student Debt, 2018 Utah Law Review 885 (2018). Symposium on Financing the Future: The Law and Politics of Student Debt in American Higher Education.
    • The Sequential Move Challenge of Higher Education Access, 5 Belmont Law Review 1 (2018). Symposium: Education Reform at the Intersection of Law, Politics, and Policy. Full Text
    • The Insider, the Outsider, and Access: Justice Blackmun’s Insider Trading Paradigm, 83 Brooklyn Law Review 1393 (2018).
    • Law and the Conundrum of Higher Education Quality, 51 U.C. Davis Law Review 1211 (2018).
    • To the Rich Go the Spoils: Merit, Money, and Access to Higher Education, 43 Journal of College and University Law 195 (2018).
    • Foreword, Symposium on Higher Education Access, 7 U.C. Irvine Law Review 1 (2017).
    • Debt, Merit, and Equity in Higher Education Access, 79 Law & Contemporary Problems 89 (2016).
    • When a Reporter Enters a Bamboo Grove: Reflections on Serial, 13 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 503 (2016). Full Text
    • Student Debt and the Siren Song of Systemic Risk, 53 Harvard Journal on Legislation 99 (2016).
    • Private Offerings and Public Ends: Reconsidering the Regime for Classification of Investors under the Securities Act of 1933, 48 Connecticut Law Review 355 (2015). Full Text
    • Student Debt and Higher Education Risk, 103 California Law Review 1561 (2015). Full Text
    • Hurdles of Different Heights for Securities Fraud Plaintiffs of Different Types, 2014 Columbia Business Law Journal 47 (2014). Full Text
    • The Unsupportable Cost of Variable Pricing of Student Loans, 70 Washington & Lee Law Review 2137 (2013). Full Text
    • The Other Big Test: Why Congress Should Allow College Students to Borrow More through Federal Aid Programs, 14 N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation & Public Policy 11 (2011). Full Text
    • A Broad View of Access, 39 Loyola L.A. Law Review 759 (2006). Full Text
  • Other Publications
    • New Sheriff, New Rules?, Education Law Prof Blog (Jul. 14, 2017). Full Text
    • Sometimes, Financial Market Predictions are Correct, Education Law Prof Blog (June 16, 2017). Full Text
    • Betsy DeVos’s Confused Logic on Student Loans, Education Law Prof Blog (June 2, 2017). Full Text
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness in the Administration’s Crosshairs, Education Law Prof Blog (May 24, 2017). Full Text
    • College Tuition Discounts Hit New High, Education Law Prof Blog (May 19, 2017). Full Text
    • Students Overlooking Flexibility Options in Repaying Their Loans, Education Law Prof Blog (May 18, 2017). Full Text
    • Oversight of the Federal Role in Higher Education Finance Appears to be in Flux, Education Law Prof Blog (April 27, 2017). Full Text
    • Whither – Wither? – Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Education Law Prof Blog (April 10, 2017). Full Text
    • Shifting the Risk of Higher Education, Daily Journal (Jan. 25, 2016). Full Text
    • Student Debt and the Siren Song of Systemic Risk, CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School (Dec. 4, 2015). Full Text
    • Raise the cap on federal student loans (with John R. Brooks), L.A. Times (Aug. 3, 2015). Full Text
    • Hurdles of Different Heights for Securities Fraud Litigants of Different Types, CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School (Oct. 21, 2014). Full Text
    • Accountants Skirt Shareholder Lawsuits, N.Y. TIMES DealBook (Dec. 27, 2012).
    • In Lean Times for Law Schools, an Opportunity, N.Y. TIMES DealBook (Dec. 5, 2012).