Walter F. Pratt

Assistant Professor of Law, 1979-1982, Associate Professor of Law, 1982-1986


Walter F. (Jack) Pratt was a professor of contracts and legal history.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt in 1968.  Pratt served in the Army for three years before receiving a Rhodes Scholarship.  He completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Politics at Oxford in 1974 and a JD at Yale in 1977.  Following law school he clerked for Judge Charles Clark of the 5th Circuit, and then for Chief Justice Warren Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 1979 he published a book titled Privacy in Britain.  While at Duke Law, he served as visiting associate professor of law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University during the 1984-85 academic year.

Pratt joined the law faculty at Notre Dame in 1986 as an associate professor.  In 1998 he received a full professorship and from 1999 to 2005 served as an executive associate dean.  He became dean of the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2006, a position he held until 2011.  Since 2012 he has been the James P. Mozingo III Professor of Legal Research at USC Law.

Sources:

Duke University, School of Law, Bulletin of Duke University School of Law [serial]

2014-2015 AALS Directory of Law Teachers 975

Courses Taught

Contracts

Seminar in Legal History

Seminar in Legal Biography

American Legal History

Seminar in Judicial Biography

Research Tutorial/American Legal History