Kathryn Piper is the Director of Academic Advising for the Office of Graduate Studies. She is a lawyer with experience teaching English communication and analytical skills to non-native speakers. She teaches English for American Law School, Introduction to Transnational Legal Practice, Legal Research, Analysis and Writing for International students, and American Legal History. She also co-teaches Bar Exam Language & Strategies with Stephen Horowitz. She has presented on legal English and writing topics at Global Legal Skills conferences and ESL teacher orientations.
Professor Piper holds a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she was Executive Editor of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, and Brief Editor for the California Law Moot Court competition team. As a student, she externed for two non-profit organizations, Bay Area Legal Aid and the National Housing Law Project, and volunteered at the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic. A California native, she lived for several years in Japan, Boston, and San Francisco before finding her way to St. John’s in New York. She has taught lessons and courses abroad in Japan, Shanghai, and Mexico. In May 2017 she spent two weeks teaching Legal Writing and Analysis to undergraduate students in Shanghai, China as a St. John’s visiting professor to East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL).