Sara Rankin

Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills



Professor Rankin currently teaches lawyering skills, including applied legal analysis, legal research and writing, general principles of trial and appellate procedure and advocacy, and homeless rights advocacy. She is also the founder and Director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project at the Korematsu Center. Professor Rankin has nearly a decade of experience in private practice at major law firms such as Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and Sidley Austin, LLP, where she specialized in complex litigation. She also gained an in-house perspective, serving as assistant general counsel for a national accounting firm.

Prior to her legal career, Professor Rankin received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied under the internationally-known education expert, Howard Gardner. Currently, Professor Rankin continues to support innovation in legal education as a member of various boards and committees for entities such as the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and ALICE (American Legislative Issue Campaign Exchange).

Professor Rankin's teaching and scholarship interests include the social and political aspects of legal education reform, lawyering skills, legal issues affecting the homeless, policy making, and legislative drafting and advocacy. She is a frequent commentator on legislative drafting, advocacy, and policymaking issues as a co-editor of the Legislation Law Professors Blog.

Sara Rankin, Lisa Brodoff, and Mary Bowman, "We Have a Dream:  Integrating Skills Courses and Public Interest Work in the First Year of Law School (andy Beyond) (forthcoming in Chapman Law Review, available at

Sara Rankin, "The Fully Formed Lawyer:  Why Law Schools Should Require Public Service to Better Prepare Students for Private Practice," May 2, 2013.  Chapman Law Review, Forthcoming.  Available at SSRN:

Sara Rankin, "Tired of Talking:  A Call for Clear Strategies for Legal Educaiton Reform - Moving Beyond the Discussion of Good Ideas fto the Real Transformation of Law Schools," 10 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 11 (2011).


Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-461
Phone: (206) 398.4393

Curriculum Vitae


  • J.D., New York University
  • M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education


  • Legal Writing I
  • Legal Writing II
  • Homeless Rights Advocacy

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