Philip Soper, the James V. Campbell Professor Emeritus of Law, began his academic career at Michigan in 1973. He teaches courses in contracts and legal and moral philosophy.

Soper is the author of A Theory of Law (Harvard University Press, 1984) and The Ethics of Deference (Cambridge University Press, 2002), as well as numerous articles on legal and moral philosophy. Following his clerkship, he spent a year studying philosophy at Oxford University and then practiced two years in the General Counsel's Office at the Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, DC.