Rosa  Kim

Professor of Legal Writing

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Prior to joining the legal academy, Professor Kim served as an Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Civil Trial Division litigating cases in the areas of civil rights, torts, and employment law, and also practiced as a litigation associate at the Boston firm of Rubin and Rudman. At Suffolk Law, Professor Kim teaches Legal Practice Skills and Advanced Legal Writing: Advocacy in an International Context.

Professor Kim has held an appointment as Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School, and has also taught at Boston University School of Law, Brandeis University, Korea University Law School, Universidad de San Pablo CEU (Spain), and Lund University (Sweden). She has been named a Fulbright Scholar to Italy in 2023.

Korean law reform, global legal education, and legal writing pedagogy are the focus of Professor Kim’s research interests. Her writings include the articles Globalizing the Law Curriculum for Twenty-First-Century-Lawyering, appearing in the Journal of Legal Education, and The “Americanization” of Legal Education in South Korea: Challenges and Opportunities, published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Professor Kim was appointed Chair of the AALS Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section in 2021 and has served several terms as Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee, whose mission is to support international law students in the U.S. and to promote global legal skills to U.S. students. She was recognized with a Global Legal Skills Award at the Global Legal Skills Conference XIV in 2019 for this work. Professor Kim is active in promoting diversity within the legal academy, and co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legal Writing Professors Collective in 2021.


  • JD, Boston College Law School
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • BA, Tufts University

Selected Publications


Book Chapters

Legal Education Reform in South Korea: Challenges of Transition, in LEGAL EDUCATION IN ASIA (Shuvro Sarker ed. 2013)


  • Katrina Lee & Rosa Kim, Dispelling the Asian American Monolith Myth in U.S. Law Schools, LSSSE: INSIGHTS BLOG (May 20, 2022),
  • Message from the Chair, AALS LWRR Section Newsletter (Summer 2021; Winter 2021)
  • Rosa Kim & Dyane O’Leary, Teaching a Hybrid Legal Writing Course? Lessons From Two First-Timers, LEGAL WRITING MATTERS BLOG (September 2019)
  • Challenging Law Students to Become Active Learners, TEACHLAWBETTER BLOG (August 10, 2017)
  • Infusing International Law into Advanced Legal Writing, LEGAL WRITING MATTERS BLOG (August 25, 2016)

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar, Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy (Spring 2023)
  • Chair, AALS Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section (2021)
  • Global Legal Skills Award, Global Legal Skills Conference XIV (2019)
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Courses Taught

  • Legal Practice Skills
  • Advanced Legal Writing: Advocacy in an International Context 

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