Teaching interests: Tort Law, Products Liability, Privacy Law, Firearms Policy.
Education: B.S., University of Florida; J.D., University of Florida.
Experience: Professor and Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law (2006-present) and Associate
Dean for Faculty Development (2008-present), Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University
of Memphis; Professor, Florida International University College of Law, 2002-2006;
Nadine H. Baum Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law (Baum Prof. 1998-2002; Prof. 1992-1998; Assoc. Prof.
1989-92; Asst. Prof. 1986-89); Visiting Professor, Wake Forest University School of
Law, Spring 2000; Visiting Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1991-92
academic year and Spring 1997; Visiting Professor, University of Colorado School of
Law, Summer 1994; Associate, Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans & Coxe, Jacksonville,
Florida, 1982-1986; Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Charles R. Scott, United States
District Judge, Middle District of Florida, 1980-82.
Admitted: Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District
Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Achievements/Publications. Professor McClurg is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar and teacher
in the areas of tort law, products liability, privacy law, and firearms policy. He
came to the University of Memphis to accept the Herff Chair in Excellence in 2006.
From 2002–06, he was a member of the founding faculty at the Florida International
University College of Law. Previously, he was the Nadine H. Baum Distinguished Professor
of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and also has taught at Wake Forest
University, the University of Colorado, and Golden Gate University.
He is the recipient of numerous academic honors, including the University of Memphis's
2009-10 Distinguished Teaching Award and 2009 Excellence in Legal Education Award,
as well as five other teaching awards (including four Teacher of the Year awards)
and two law school excellence awards for his scholarly publications.
McClurg has published six books, twenty-two law review articles (including in the
primary law reviews of law schools such as American University, Boston University,
Cincinnati, Colorado, Notre Dame, Northwestern, North Carolina, Oregon, Temple, U.C.-Davis,
U.C.-Hastings, and Wake Forest), and many others articles. His law review articles
have been cited/quoted in more than 500 books and journals and by thirty-one federal
and state courts.
His most recent book, The "Companion Text" to Law School: Understanding and Surviving
Life with a Law Student, was published by West Academic Publishing in 2012.
He is currently writing a second edition of his popular law school prep book, 1L of
a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School
(West 2009), which is assigned as required or recommended reading at law schools throughout
McClurg also is the Series Editor for Carolina Academic Press’s innovative series
of comparative law books: The Contextual Approach Series. He is co-author of the first
entry in the series: Practical Global Tort Litigation: United States, Germany, and
Argentina (2007) (with Koyuncu and Sprovieri).
In addition to his scholarly writings, McClurg is the author/editor of two legal humor
books, editor of Lawhaha.com (an academically oriented humor site), and the former
monthly humor columnist for the American Bar Association Journal.
He has been interviewed and quoted as a legal expert by National Public Radio, Time,
U.S. News and World Report, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens
of other media sources.
Prior to joining academia, McClurg served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles
R. Scott (M.D. Fla.) and worked four years as a trial lawyer. He graduated 3rd in
his class and Order of the Coif from the University of Florida College of Law, where
he was a member of the Florida Law Review.
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