Jenifer M. Robbins

Professor Jenifer M. Robbins
Director of the Financial Markets Compliance Online Program
Director of Experiential Learning
Senior Lecturer
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565 W. Adams St., Room 861
Chicago, IL 60661

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Biography

As the Director of Experiential Learning, Professor Robbins leads the law school’s innovative Praxis Program, which offers students an experience-based course of study to help them prepare for real-world legal practice. She is also the Director of the law school’s Online Certificate in Financial Markets Compliance, a program that introduces students to the increasingly complex compliance demands of the various regulators of the financial markets. She teaches Professional Responsibility: Business Ethics, for J.D. students, and the first course in the online certificate’s curriculum, Regulatory Structure, Business Entities, and Corporate Governance. After teaching as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent for four years, she joined the law school’s full-time faculty in 2017. 

For more than a decade, Professor Robbins was General Counsel of FPL Advisory Group, a global consulting firm focusing on the commercial real estate and financial services industries. As General Counsel, she managed all legal affairs, including strategic counseling, transaction evaluation/execution, and risk management. Prior to joining FPL, Professor Robbins was with the Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman, where she counseled public and private clients on a variety of general corporate and commercial matters with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.

Professor Robbins is a member of the Board of Directors, Fund Development Committee and Audit Committee of Street Law Inc., an independent nonprofit organization. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Street Law Inc. is dedicated to providing practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights around the world. 

Professor Robbins is a former member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She served for many years on the committee that administers ACC Chicago’s Diversity Summer Internship Program, and she is the founder of the ACC Chicago Street Law program, a pipeline project that brings corporate counsel into underserved high school classrooms. 

Professor Robbins received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and served as the director of the Harvard Legislative Research Bureau and as a Supervising Editor for the Harvard Journal on Legislation. She received a B.A. in Finance and Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having earned both Phi Beta Kappa and Finance Departmental Distinction honors.