University of Pittsburgh

Ben Bratman

Associate Professor of Legal Writing


Ben Bratman teaches Legal Analysis & Writing and Legislation & Regulation, both required first-year courses, as well as Employment Discrimination. Bratman has published several articles and spoken at various conferences about his teaching methods and course exercises, and many of his exercises from Legal Analysis & Writing are in use throughout the country, having been adopted by professors at other law schools. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Bratman serves as faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board, co-coach of Pitt Law’s team in the National Moot Court Competition, and coordinator of the school’s bar exam success initiatives.

Upon his arrival at Pitt Law in 2002, Bratman developed and led a bar exam preparation initiative designed to increase the school’s bar passage rate. Three years later, he was among the first in the country to create and teach a for-credit bar exam preparation course as part of a law school curriculum. Bratman currently serves as a resource for students on matters related to bar admissions and bar exams, and also coordinates Pitt Law’s summer bar preparation program, PassTheBar.

After graduating cum laude from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1993, Bratman served as law clerk to The Honorable Joel M. Feldman, United States Magistrate Judge, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and practiced law with the firm of Pursley, Howell, Lowery & Meeks in Atlanta. Professor Bratman began his teaching career in 1999 at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. He joined the faculty at Pitt Law in 2002. In 2011 – 2012 he served as Visiting Professor of Lawyering Skills at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.


  • JD, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • BA, University of Washington
  • Selected Publications


    • "Typographical Errors and the Law: From the Amusing to the Consequential," Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State Univ., (Mar. 2012). 

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      Selected Professional Activities

      • American Inns of Court (W. Edward Sell Chapter).
      • Guest Lecturer on Bar Exam Preparation, Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Indianapolis, IN, (July 2012).
      • Visiting Professor of Lawyering Skills, Univ. of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA, (2011 – 2012).
      • Lecturer, Kaplan/PMBR’s Pennsylvania General Bar Review Course (2009-2012). 



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