J.D., Southwestern Law School
M.S., Georgetown University
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
Language and the Law
Professor Joe Buffington joined Brooklyn Law School in 2022 as Visiting Associate Professor & Interim Director of Academic Success. From 2016 to 2022, Professor Buffington was a professor and director of bar success at Albany Law School, where he taught Advanced Legal Analysis, Law School Success, and Sales. From 2020 to 2021, he served as a member of the Executive Board of the AALS Section on Academic Support.
A linguistics expert, Professor Buffington received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2015; his dissertation, The Logical Form of Contract Formation, presented original syntactic arguments that, contrary to what is commonly assumed, contracts aren’t promises. Among his other scholarly work is Conditional Answers to Multiple Choice Questions—Three Linguistics Problems (and Solutions) for ‘If’, 69 Journal of Legal Education 384 (2020), which offers practical advice to law professors and bar examiners for writing legally realistic and psychometrically valid multiple-choice questions requiring examinees to entertain hypothetical variations of the facts, something the Uniform Bar Exam currently avoids.
Professor Buffington received his J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where he taught academic support workshops. As an attorney with a solo practice in Los Angeles, he specialized in business formation, contract negotiation, estate planning, and Chapter 7 bankruptcy.