Mark Pettit, Jr.
Professor of Law
A.B. summa cum laude, Bowdoin College
J.D., University of Chicago
Areas of Interest
Contracts, Evidence Law
A dedicated member of the Boston University School of Law faculty since 1977, Mark Pettit has taught thousands of law students in the areas of contracts, evidence and consumer law, and has twice served as associate dean for administration. He was a 1993 recipient of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for faculty at Boston University, and was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law.
Professor Pettit says he strives to sharpen students’ analytical abilities, helping them understand a case from every angle. “In the beginning of the semester,” he says, “I ask students a number of questions about an assigned case — questions they’ve never considered. But by the end of the same semester, they’re on a different wave length of inquiry, asking more and more of these questions on their own. That’s when I know I’ve succeeded.”
Among Professor Pettit’s publications are “Freedom, Freedom of Contract, and the ‘Rise and Fall,’” for the Boston University Law Review and an essay on teaching contracts in the St. Louis University Law Journal. He also is a former executive editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. His career includes serving as an associate at the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and a clinical fellow and staff attorney for the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in fall 1999 and spring 2001.
Mark Pettit Jr., "Private Advantage and Public Power: Reexamining the Expectation and Reliance Interests in Contract Damages," 38 Hastings Law Journal
417 (1987). Westlaw
| Lexis Advance
Mark Pettit Jr., "Representing Consumer Defendants in Debt Collection Actions: The Disclosure Defense Game," 59 Texas Law Review
255 (1981). Westlaw
| HeinOnline (BU)
Consumer Law: LAW JD 897
An examination of case law, statutes, and regulations governing transactions entered into for personal or family purposes rather than business or professional ones. Topics include theories of consumer protection, advertising, disclosure requirements, credit reporting and access to credit, quality of goods and services, billing disputes, collection efforts, and methods of enforcing consumer rights. This course might be of both professional and personal interest.
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 897 A1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
Evidence: LAW JD 831
Practical and theoretical aspects of the rules of evidence. The purpose and policies underlying the evidentiary rules are stressed throughout in order to make the rules meaningful, predictable, and functional both for students interested in trial practice and for students who anticipate engaging in a more diversified practice. In addition to covering the substantive rules of evidence, the course demonstrates the significance of evidence as a tactical device at the trial and as a vital skill for the office lawyer. GRADING NOTICE: Judge Lowy's section will not offer the CR/NC/H option.
FALL 2014: LAW JD 831 A1 , Sep 2nd to Dec 2nd 2014
FALL 2014: LAW JD 831 L1 , Sep 3rd to Dec 3rd 2014
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 831 P1 , Jan 13th to Apr 21st 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 831 A1 , Aug 31st to Dec 2nd 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 831 P1 , Sep 1st to Dec 3rd 2015
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 831 L1 , Jan 11th to Apr 20th 2016
Independent Proposal Externship: Paper: LAW JD 710
This is a clinical program. Students must apply and be accepted before registering for this course. Students work under the guidance of a faculty member and earn two credits for writing a paper and submitting journals. The paper must be 15-20 pages in length. There are seven journals due (4-6 pages each). Students may satisfy the upperclass writing requirement through the paper, under agreement of the sponsoring faculty member. COREQUISITE: INDEPENDENT PROPOSAL EXTERNSHIP (LAW JD 709).
FALL 2014: LAW JD 710 A1 , Sep 2nd to Dec 4th 2014
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 710 A1 , Jan 12th to Apr 22nd 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 710 A1 , Aug 31st to Dec 4th 2015
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 710 A1 , Jan 11th to Apr 20th 2016
Professional Responsibility: LAW JD 984
This course offers an approach to the lawyer's responsibilities to clients, the profession, and the public. Topics addressed will be problems of disclosure, conflict of interest, advertising, adversary tactics, competence, attorney fees, and fiduciary duties. NOTE: This course satisfies the upper-class professional responsibility requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.
FALL 2014: LAW JD 984 A1 , Sep 3rd to Dec 3rd 2014
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 984 A1 , Jan 12th to Apr 22nd 2015
SPRG 2015: LAW JD 984 M1 , Jan 13th to Apr 16th 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 984 A1 , Sep 1st to Dec 3rd 2015
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 984 M1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 984 P1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016