Robert Volk

Director, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program

Associate Professor of Legal Writing

BA, Lake Forest College
JD, cum laude, Boston University

Areas of Interest
Civil Rights, Diversity & Inclusion, Legal Writing & Research
Contact
Biography

Professor Robert Volk received his BA from Lake Forest College in 1973 and his JD, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1978, where he was a member of the Law Review. Professor Volk has been director of the First Year Writing Program at Boston University since 1982 and has taught numerous writing courses, including the First Year Writing Program and the Advanced Writing and Editing Workshop. He also teaches Legal Writing at Boston University’s Summer Legal Institute in London as well as Legal English at Chuo University Law School in Tokyo. In addition, he has taught a seminar dealing with the legal rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizens since the late 1980’s. Professor Volk has spoken on LGBT and legal writing issues on many occasions, is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, and serves as faculty advisor to OUTLAW, the law school’s LGBT student group.

Publications
  1. Robert Volk & Dennis S. Aronowitz, "Developments in Banking Law 1982," 2 Annual Review of Banking Law 1 (1983).
    Westlaw | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
  2. Robert Volk & Dennis S. Aronowitz, "Developments in Banking Law: 1980-81," 1 Annual Review of Banking Law 1 (1982).
    Westlaw | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
Courses

3 credits

This class is restricted to third-year students who applied and were accepted as directors of the BU Law Moot Court programs (Stone and Albers). NOTE: This class may be used to satisfy the Upper-class Writing requirement.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 901 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert Volk
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 901 B1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert Volk
FALL 2018: LAW JD 901 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 6th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert Volk

2 credits

This class is restricted to students who have applied and been accepted as Lawyering Fellows. Accepted students must register for both the fall and spring sections of the class.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 986 A1 , Sep 8th to Dec 1st 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 986 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk LAW
FALL 2018: LAW JD 986 A1 , Sep 7th to Nov 30th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk
FALL 2018: LAW JD 986 B1 , Sep 7th to Nov 30th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk
FALL 2018: LAW JD 986 C1 , Sep 7th to Nov 30th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 986 A1 , Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 986 B1 , Jan 18th to Apr 19th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk
SPRG 2019: LAW JD 986 C1 , Jan 18th to Apr 19th 2019
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Fri 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 2 Robert Volk

2.5 credits

Provides training in legal research, legal writing, oral advocacy, client interviewing, and client counseling through simulations of real-world legal disputes.

FALL 2018: LAW JD 602 M1 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 1:00 pm 1:55 pm 2.5 Jennifer Taylor McCloskey
Fri 10:30 am 11:25 am 2.5 Jennifer Taylor McCloskey
FALL 2018: LAW JD 602 M2 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Wed 1:00 pm 1:55 pm 2.5 Robert VolkRobert Volk
Fri 12:00 pm 12:55 pm 2.5 Robert VolkRobert Volk
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