Levin College of Law

Kristen Hardy

Legal Skills Professor


Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville FL 32611


Kristen Hardy is a Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Hardy taught Lawyering Skills II/Legal Research and Writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School and Federal Courts at Penn State Dickinson Law.

Prior to joining the academy, Professor Hardy spent close to a decade of her career as a law clerk for the federal judiciary. As a federal law clerk, she counseled the late Judge Stephan P. Mickle of the Northern District of Florida, and Judge Mary S. Scriven and Judge Thomas B. Smith (ret.) of the Middle District of Florida. Professor Hardy began her law career in private practice as a litigation attorney at a large international law firm.

Professor Hardy also has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked with nonprofit organizations and community development corporations as an intern in Columbia University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. Professor Hardy has also earned certificates in nonprofit governance, proposal writing, and board orientation from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.


J.D. Columbia Law School
B.A. Stetson University (cum laude)



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.
Legal Writing II – Persuasive Writing - TBA
  • Legal Writing II: Persuasive Writing continues the first year legal writing curriculum by focusing on various forms of persuasive writing, including trial briefs, motions and appellate briefs. Students will also have an opportunity to prepare and deliver an oral argument.