Bruce Klaw, JD
Daniels 685
Assistant Professor
Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies
Bruce Klaw

Biography at a Glance

Bruce Klaw is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Binghamton University (State University of New York) in Philosophy, Politics & Law. He has been a member of the Daniels’ faculty since 2013.

Professor Klaw’s research lies at the crossroads of law, ethics and public policy. His primary area of scholarship examines methods for preventing corruption, white-collar crime and corporate malfeasance. His work to date in this area has focused on issues of bribery, extortion and insider trading.  He also researches and writes on the relationship between government and business, and pedagogical methods for teaching law, ethics and policy.

Professor Klaw’s work has been published in several of the top journals in his field, including the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Berkeley Journal of International Law and the Journal of Legal Studies Education. Professor Klaw was the 2016 recipient of the Hoeber Memorial Award for Excellence In Research, which recognizes the best article of the year in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Studies Education, a flagship publication of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

A passionate and devoted teacher whose enthusiasm has been called “contagious,” Professor Klaw teaches both graduate and undergraduate students at the Daniels College of Business.  He aims to bring the very best out of his students and help them develop the knowledge, skills and analytical abilities they will need to succeed in business and life.  His courses are amongst the most popular at the Daniels College of Business. Professor Klaw has been awarded DU’s “Top Professor of the Quarter” by one undergraduate student organization, and has been a faculty nominee for the Daniels Award for Excellence. Recent alumni have also recognized him as a faculty member leaving “a meaningful positive impact.”

Professor Klaw is a regular contributor to the work of the Institute for Enterprise Ethics. He speaks often on current events implicating law and ethics, including insider trading, ethical scandals, governmental enforcement policies and whistleblowing.

Professor Klaw is also the co-founder and faculty coordinator for the Legal Accelerator for Student Entrepreneurs, which connects Daniels’ enterprising undergraduate and graduate students with the professional legal advice they need to turn their Start-Up dreams into a reality.

Prior to joining Daniels, Professor Klaw taught American and international law at Keimyung University and Kyungpook Law School in South Korea.

Professor Klaw also worked for six years as an attorney in private practice. He was an associate in the White Collar Criminal Defense and International Dispute Resolution groups of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP based in New York. He has worked on matters before the International Court of Justice, the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and various state, federal and foreign regulatory bodies. Professor Klaw was also an attorney in the Trial Section of Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon where he represented and advised individuals, companies and foundations on litigation and risk management matters. He also had early career opportunities with the United States Attorney’s Office (S.D.N.Y. – Criminal Division), Judge Sang-Hyun Song of the International Criminal Court, and senior academics in the areas of political science and criminal law.

An avid traveler and scuba diver, Professor Klaw has visited more than 60 countries on five continents.  He has lived in the United States, Europe and Asia. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two English bulldogs.


  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • BA, philosophy, politics and law, State University of New York at Binghamton

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