About the Award
The Award for Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education recognizes graduate and professional teachers for excellence in instruction; involvement of students in research and/or artistic activities, scholarship, and professional development; development of instructional programs; and advising and mentoring of students.
Bradley Clary received this award at the Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony on April 17, 2018.
Each year, the Alumni Association is proud to join the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in supporting the Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize the outstanding work of U of M educators. Recipients of the awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
About Bradley Clary
- Clinical Professor
- Law School
- University of Minnesota Twin Cities
In a career teaching thousands of students, Bradley Clary has produced outstanding legal practitioners in numerous areas and helped students receive top national awards.
In a standout contribution, he redesigned and redeveloped programs in legal writing and appellate advocacy. Since then, students have been winning regional and national prizes for their knowledge and skills in writing and oral advocacy.
“Professor Clary’s most significant contribution to the Law School is the Legal Research and Writing Program,” says a former student. “This is the school’s most important course because it directly trains students in the most important skills in legal practice. He has built the program into an incredible hands-on workshop.”
Clary also helped design the Law in Practice course, a national model for educating first-year students in client and witness interviewing, deposition practice, court conferences, and related skills. He has also written or co-written five teaching texts related to core legal skills. He has added many courses to the curriculum, including one on evidence drafting that he created wholesale.
Students rave about his teaching skills and devotion to their welfare.
“Professor Clary has never stopped being available to discuss vexing legal issues,” writes one grateful former student. “I don’t know of any other person who has accomplished more while being so generous with his time.”
“There is a difference between learning how to think like a lawyer and learning how to be a lawyer. My teaching is about both.”
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