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Osbeck, Mark K.

Clinical Professor of Law
Legal Practice Program

433 Hutchins Hall

Mark K. Osbeck, '86, teaches Legal Practice I and II and Transactional Drafting. He is the author of Impeccable Research: A Concise Guide to Mastering Legal Research Skills, 2nd ed. (West, 2015). His research interests include legal writing, legal research, judicial decision-making, predictive legal analysis, and marijuana law. Before joining Michigan Law in 2001, Professor Osbeck was a partner in the Denver office of a large law firm. He litigated sophisticated commercial cases for a number of years, first in Washington, D.C., and later in Denver, and he has extensive trial and appellate experience before a number of state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Professor Osbeck received an AB, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan, an MA in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, and a JD, cum laude, from Michigan Law. While attending Johns Hopkins, he received a University Fellowship, the top departmental award. In law school, he received certificates of merit for legal writing and political philosophy, and was a note editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Following his law school graduation, he served as a judicial clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Charles L. Levin.



Recent Publications

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Co-author. Marijuana Law in a Nutshell. Bromberg, Howard, co-author. West, Forthcoming.​

"Using Data Analytics Tools to Supplement Traditional Research and Analysis in Forecasting Case Outcomes." Legal Writing J. 20 (2015): 33-6.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | SSRN | WWW

Impeccable Research: A Concise Guide to Mastering Legal Research Skills. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, MN: West, 2010.
Catalog record: MLaw Catalog


Presented "Law 420: Cannabis and Legal Writing" at the Southeast Regional Writing Conference, University of Tennessee Law School, Knoxville, April 2015.

Presented "Bringing Marijuana (Law) into the Legal Writing Classroom" at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, March 2015.

Presented "Improving the Efficiency of Settlements in International Lawsuits" at the Global Legal Skills Conference, University of Verona Faculty of Law, Verona, Italy, May 2014. ​

Presented (with Grace Tonner) "Why Persuasion is Overrated (sort of)" at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, U.N.L.V. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, March 2014.​

Presented "Reckoning with the 'Lawyer's Fallacy': Should We Change the Way We Teach Predictive Legal Analysis and Memo Writing?" at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Savannah Law School, Savannah, Georgia, April 2013.

Presented "The Predictive Legal Memorandum: Striking the Proper Balance Between Usefulness and Caution" at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado, March 2013.

Presented "On Balls and Strikes: How Does Judicial Decision-Making Differ From Umpiring?" at the Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Oregon Law School, Eugene, Oregon, August 2012.

Member, Scholarship Development & Outreach Committee, Legal Writing Institute (LWI).​

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