Joel Atlas teaches first-year lawyering and an upper-level course on oral-presentation skills, and he serves as the primary Hearing Chair for the university’s Policy 6.4 hearings.
After graduation from Boston University School of Law, Professor Atlas practiced law for 15 years at the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, first as an Associate Appellate Counsel and later as a Supervising Attorney. During that time, he also taught first-year writing at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, a seminar on appellate advocacy at Brooklyn Law School, and the criminal appellate advocacy clinic at New York University School of Law. He joined Cornell Law School in 2000 and became Director of the Lawyering Program in 2006.
Professor Atlas is a co-author of A Guide to Teaching Lawyering Skills (2012), a comprehensive handbook for legal-skills professors.
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1981
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1984
Freed, Lara and Joel Atlas, “Teaching Students to Use Feedback to Improve Their Legal-Writing Skills,” The Second Draft 4 (2019)
Freed, Lara and Joel Atlas, “A Structural Approach to Case Synthesis, Fact Application, and Persuasive Framing of the Law,” Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 50 (2018)
Atlas, Joel, Estelle M McKee, and Andrea J. Mooney, “The Final Legal-Writing Class: Parting Wisdom for Students,” Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing Vol. 24 Iss. 1 & 2 (2016)
Atlas, Joel and Estelle M McKee, “How to Have a Great Conference,” AALS Section on Legal Writing and Research (2015)
Joel Atlas, “Educating Students about the Critiquing Process in a Lawyering Skills Class,” Law Teacher, vol. 14, no. 1 (2006)
6752 Oral Presentation Skills
6881 Supervised Writing/Teaching Honors Fellow Program