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About Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law, specializing in legal writing and rhetoric. Prior to coming to UNC Law, Professor Pryal taught as full-time faculty in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she specialized in legal rhetoric and professional writing.
Professor Pryal earned her AB from Duke University (cum laude) and her Master's Degree in Nonfiction Writing from Johns Hopkins University, where she attended on a fellowship. She graduated from UNC School of Law in 2003 and then clerked for Chief Judge Terrence Boyle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. After her clerkship, she earned her Doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she also attended on a fellowship.
Professor Pryal frequently leads Continuing Legal Education seminars on legal writing and rhetoric and presents at professional conferences around the U.S. Her main areas of research include legal writing and rhetoric; genre theory; disability studies; and affirmative action. She is the author of A Short Guide to Writing About Law (Pearson 2010); Core Grammar for Lawyers (Carolina Academic Press 2011); Core Grammar for College (Carolina Academic Press 2013); and How Writing Works (Oxford University Press 2014).


Present Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Affirmative Action, Disability Law, Feminism/Women's Law/Sexuality Law, Law and Literature, Legal Education, Legal Research, Psychiatry and the Law, and Race Discrimination

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Rhetoric Studies (10)

Genre Studies (6)

Terrorism Studies (2)

Feminism and Gender (6)

Critical Race Studies (3)