Levin College of Law

Jeffrey T. Grater

Emeritus Senior Legal Skills Professor
Emeritus Director, Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinics


Mailing Address:
Box #117626 Gainesville FL 32611

(352) 273-0800


Jeffrey Grater served as Director of the Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinics and a Senior Legal Skills Professor. His mission at UF Law was to assist his students in their transition from law student to skilled, professional, and ethical practicing lawyer. Through his clinical practice, Prof. Grater and his students delivered high quality legal services to low-income clients.

Students came to Prof. Grater’s courses and clinics well versed in doctrinal law through the excellent teaching of his UF Law colleagues. He created learning laboratories in which his students identified what they are doing well and what needs improvement. Prof. Grater, through his teaching, coaching, mentoring, and careful critique, further developed in his students the legal and professional skills they will use for the rest of their careers.


J.D., UF Levin College of Law (with honors)
B.A., University of Florida (with high honors)

Teaching and Scholarship

Family law and practice, interviewing and counseling

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined college of law faculty in 1996, Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinic Legal Skills Professor, promoted to Senior Legal Skills Professor in 2005. UF Law teacher of the year in 2002.
  • Professional Experience: Attorney, Three Rivers Legal Services (1988-96); Law Clerk, Florida Fifth District Court of Appeals Judge Joe Cowart Jr. (1985-1988). Certified by the Florida Supreme Court in family and county court mediation (1995).
  • Professional Affiliations: Florida Bar, admitted 1985; Florida Bar Family Law Section; American Bar Association; Clinical Legal Education Association; Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.