Suzanne M. Rabe

Suzanne M. Rabe

Clinical Professor Emerita of Law

Room Number: 261

Suzanne Rabe was the Director of Legal Writing and a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She is admitted to practice in both Arizona and California. A graduate of both Arizona State University (B.A. 1976) and the University of Arizona (J.D. 1979), Professor Rabe served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Tang on the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Rabe taught legal writing at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, during the 1980-81 academic year. In 1981, she joined the staff of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, where she remained for six years, specializing in immigration, refugee, and civil rights law.

Since 1987, Professor Rabe has taught Legal Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, and other courses at the University of Arizona. She has served as the Director of Legal Writing since 2000. She is a leader in the legal writing field. In recognition of her leadership, she was awarded in 2011 the Rocky Mountain Award "for contributions beyond measure to the Rocky Mountain legal writing community." She serves on the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute, and she speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of legal writing topics.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • A "Sending Down" Sabbatical:  The Benefits of Lawyering in the Legal Services Trenches, 60 J. Legal Educ. 296 (2010) (co-author, with Stephen A. Rosenbaum).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. University of Arizona College of Law
    Graduated with highest distinction; Order of the Coif
  • B.A. Arizona State University
    Graduated summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Department of History, Most Outstanding Graduating Senior award

Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • United States District Court for the District Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Arizona

Work Experience

  • Director of Legal Writing, Clinical Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2004 - 2017
  • Director of Legal Writing, Associate Clinical Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2000 - 2004
  • Adjunct Professor
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    1987 - 2000
  • Staff Attorney
    Southern Arizona Legal Aid
    1981 - 1987
  • Lecturer-in-Law
    Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
    1980 - 1981
  • Law Clerk
    The Honorable Thomas Tang, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    1979 - 1980