Mark K. Osbeck

Visiting Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law


Mark K. Osbeck is Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Legal Practice Program at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches Legal Practice I and II, and Transactional Drafting. He is the author of the book 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 A.B., with high distinction, from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D., 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.

Current Courses:

Lawyering Skills II , Advanced Legal Research

Recent Publications

  • “What is "Good Legal Writing" and Why Does it Matter?,” Drexel L. Rev., 4, 417-66, 2012
  • Impeccable Research: A Concise Guide to Mastering Legal Research Skills, St. Paul, MN: West, 2010

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • April 27, 2013:
    Presenter, "Reckoning with the 'Lawyer's Fallacy': Should We Change the Way We Teach Predictive Legal Analysis and Memo Writing?," Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Savannah Law School, Savannah, Georgia
  • March 22, 2013:
    Presenter, "The Predictive Legal Memorandum: Striking the Proper Balance Between Usefulness and Caution," Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado
  • August 11, 2012:
    Presenter, "On Balls and Strikes: How Does Judicial Decision-Making Differ From Umpiring?," Western Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Oregon Law School, Eugene, Oregon