Betsy L. Ruff
Senior Legal Skills Professor
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611
Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Ruff practiced law for six years with Holland & Knight. Her primary areas of practice included environmental litigation, real estate litigation, and real estate transactions. J.D., University of Florida (with honors); B.A., University of Florida (with honors)
Teaching and Scholarship
- Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy
- University of Florida: Joined Law faculty in 1986 as Lecturer, Legal Drafting; Named Legal Skills Professor and Assistant Director, Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy in 1992; Senior Legal Skills Professor, 2005.
- Private Practice: Holland & Knight, 1980-86
- Professional Affiliations: Phi Beta Kappa, American Bar Association, Legal Writing Institute, The Florida Bar, Eighth Judicial Bar Association.
Legal Research & Writing (2 credits) - LAW 5792
- First half of two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on basic legal research and writing legal memoranda. Graded on a scale of Satisfactory (S), Honors (S+), or Unsatisfactory (U). Must be completed with a grade of "S" or better even if this necessitates repeating course following semester.
Appellate Advocacy (2 credits) - LAW 5793
- As continuation of LAW 5792, a factual situation is presented to the student by means of a hypothetical appellate record. The record is the basis for the preparation of an appellate brief and oral arguments. The course is graded on a scale of Satisfactory (S), Honors (S+), or Unsatisfactory (U). Must be completed with grade of S or better, even if this necessitates repeating course following semester. Prerequisites: Passing grade in Legal Research & Writing (LAW 5792).
Advanced Research, Writing & Appellate Advocacy I (1 credit) - LAW 6953
- Students serve as instructors in the first-year Research Writing and Appellate Advocacy course under the direction of the assistant directors of the program. Letter grades are awarded on the basis of writing assignments, instruction and counseling prepared and performed by the student instructors. Enrollment with permission of the assistant directors only. LAW 6954 must be taken in addition to LAW 6953; otherwise, no credit toward graduation will be allowed for LAW 6953. Prerequisites: Passing grade in Appellate Advocacy (LAW 5793).
Advanced Research, Writing & Appellate Advocacy II (2 credits) - LAW 6954
- Continuation of LAW 6953. LAW 6954 must be taken or no credit toward graduation will be allowed for LAW 6953. Prerequisites: LAW 6953.