Ben Bratman teaches the required first-year skills course, Legal Analysis & Writing. He has also taught Legislation & Regulation, another first-year course, 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 and as a consultant for 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 teaches in 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.
- Analytical Writing
- Legal Writing
- Bar Examinations
- Employment Law and Employment Discrimination
- Legislation and Regulation
- Legal Research and Writing as a Proxy: Using Traditional Assignments to Achieve a More Fundamental Form of Practice Readiness, The Second Draft 7 (Spring 2011).
- Rand Paul and the Business of Discrimination, Jurist (May 28, 2010).
- A Defense of Sotomayor's "Wise Latina" Remark - with No Rewording Required, FindLaw (July 19, 2009).
- Toward a Deeper Understanding of Professionalism: Learning to Write and Writing to Learn during the First Two Weeks of Law School, 32 J. Legal Prof. 115 (2008).
- For-Credit Bar Exam Preparation: A Legal Writing Model, The Bar Examiner 26 (Nov. 2007). Also available on SSRN.
- Legal Knowledge: What’s Relevant, What’s Not? Why the Pennsylvania Bar Exam Should Focus on Federal Law, “Fundamental Legal Principles” and Legal Analysis—and Why It Should Stop Testing on Pennsylvania Law , The Pennsylvania Lawyer 24 (March/April 2005).
- “Reality Legal Writing”: Using a Client Interview for Establishing the Facts in a Memo Assignment, 12 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 87 (2004).
- Why I Teach , The Law Teacher 12 (Fall 2003).
- Brandeis & Warren’s The Right to Privacy and the Birth of the Right to Privacy, 69 Tenn. L. Rev. 623 (2002).
- Looking Backward and Looking Forward: The Law Governing Voluntary Affirmative Action for Public and Private Employers, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Employment Law Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2013.
- 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 University, March 2012.
- Would a Court Enforce What I Just Drafted? Introducing First-Year Students to “Preventive Law” and Raising the Stakes on the Inter-Office Memo, Second Annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference, St. John’s University School of Law, May 2011.
Selected Professional Activities
- American Inns of Court (W. Edward Sell Chapter).
- Association of Legal Writing Directors/Legal Writing Institute: Survey Committee (2013-2014); Survey Task Force (2011-2012)