Levin College of Law

Betsy L. Ruff

Master Legal Skills Professor


Mailing Address:
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0883


Appellate Advocacy  • Legal Research  • Legal Writing  • 


Professor Ruff is a Master Legal Skills Professor who joined the University of Florida College of Law faculty in 1986. Her areas of expertise include legal writing, legal drafting, appellate advocacy, and legal research. Professor Ruff has also taught in Warsaw, Poland at the University of Warsaw Center for American Law Studies. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Ruff worked in private practice primarily in the areas of 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

Professional Activities

  • 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; Master Legal Skills Professor, 2016
  • Private Practice: Holland & Knight, 1980-1986
  • Professional Affiliations: Phi Beta Kappa, American Bar Association, Legal Writing Institute, The Florida Bar, Eighth Judicial Bar Association


Legal Writing - LAW 5792
  • First half of a two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on written legal analysis and preparation of predictive legal memoranda.
Appellate Advocacy - LAW 5793
  • As a 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.