Harold J. Krent

Professor of Law

Harold Krent graduated from Princeton University and received his law degree from New York University School of Law, where he served as notes editor of the Law Review and garnered several awards for excellence in writing.

Krent clerked for the Honorable William H. Timbers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then worked in the Department of Justice for the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division, writing briefs and arguing cases in various courts of appeals across the nation. He has been teaching full-time since 1987 and has focused his scholarship on legal aspects of individuals' interaction with the government. His book, Presidential Powers, is a comprehensive examination of the president's role as defined by the U.S. Constitution and judicial and historical precedents.

In addition, Krent has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Justice.  Most recently, he served the Biden Administration during the first half of 2022 in the Office of Management and Budget in the General Counsel's Office.  He has also litigated numerous cases with students on behalf of indigent prisoners.

Krent joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 1994. He was appointed associate dean in 1997 and interim dean in 2002 before assuming the deanship on January 1, 2003. He continued is his role as dean until July 31, 2019.


J.D., New York University School of Law
A.B., Princeton University



Limits on the Unitary Executive:  The Special Case of the Adjudicative Function, 46 Vt. L. Rev. 86 (2021) (symposium).

AI Goes to School:  Implications for School District Liability, 67 Buff. L. Rev. 1329 (2019) (with John Etchingham, Alan Chen and Katharine Pancewicz).

Inconsistency and Angst in District Court Resolution of Social Security Disability Appeals, 67 Hastings Law Journal 367 (2016) (with S. Morris).

Federal Power, Non-Federal Actors: The Ramifications of Free Enterprise Fund, 79 Fordham Law Review 2425 (2011).

The Continuity Principle, Administrative Constraint, and the Fourth Amendment, 81 Notre Dame Law Review53 (2005).

Conditioning the President's Conditional Pardon Power, 89 California Law Review 1665 (2001).

The Puzzling Boundary Between Criminal and Civil Retroactive Lawmaking, 84 Georgetown Law Journal 2143 (1996).

Of Diaries and Data Banks: Use Restrictions Under the Fourth Amendment, 74 Texas Law Review 49 (1995).

Reconceptualizing Sovereign Immunity, 45 Vanderbilt Law Review 1529 (1992).

Fragmenting the Unitary Executive: Congressional Delegations of Administrative Authority Outside the Federal Government, 85 Northwestern University Law Review 62 (1990).

Separating the Strands in Separation of Powers Controversies, 74 Virginia Law Review 1253 (1988).

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Administrative Law; Appellate Courts; Constitutional Law; Courts and Judges; Criminal Law and Procedure; Legal Education; Legislation; Privacy; US Supreme Court

Media Appearances

Chicago-Kent Law Professor Harold Krent Explains How Things Will Change Now That Illinois Has Ended Cash Bail

“In each case, the prosecutor needs to persuade the judge that, based on the type of crime alleged, the surrounding circumstances, history of violence or flight, or collateral evidence of vengeance that continued incarceration is appropriate,” according to Harold J. Krent, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. “For a murder that was gang related, the prosecutor can argue that the tensions between the gangs may place the arrestee in a situation (if released) in which violence is likely. ... Or, for someone arrested for felony possession of narcotics, the prosecutor may have no reason to predict violence upon release if there was no prior whiff of violence.”

The Progressive Magazine

Professor Harold Krent Breaks Down SCOTUS Case That Could Decide Fate of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“Under the 2010 law that created the agency, Congress gave it an open-ended funding mechanism which would actually be drawn from another agency, the Fed,” said Harold Krent, professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. “So the argument was (that) this is somewhat of an unusual appropriations decision ... and both sides had a hard time finding some kind of line to draw to distinguish permissible congressional appropriations from impermissible ones.”

Bloomberg Law