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Osbeck, Mark K.

Clinical Assistant 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 (West, 2010). His research interests include legal writing, legal research, judicial decision-making, and predictive legal analysis. Before joining Michigan Law in 2001, Prof. 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. Prof. 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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"What is "Good Legal Writing" and Why Does it Matter?" Drexel L. Rev. 4, no. 2 (2012): 417-66.
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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.

Presented "Why is Storytelling Important to Legal Writing?" at the Applied Storytelling Conference, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado, July 2011.

Presented "Why We Need to Re-Examine the Foundations of Legal Research and Writing Pedagogy" at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, U.N.L.V. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2011.

Member, Bar Outreach Committee, Legal Writing Institute (LWI).

Member, Media Committee, Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning & Research, Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

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