Bradley J. Charles

Bradley J. Charles

Associate Professor

B.A. Brigham Young University 2002
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School 2005

Professor Charles joined the full-time faculty at Cooley Law School after serving the school as a Visiting Professor teaching Research & Writing. He also serves as a faculty specialist in Cooley’s Academic Resource Center. Prior to joining Cooley, Professor Charles was a judicial law clerk for the 21st Circuit Court in Isabella County, Mich.

During his student tenure at Cooley, he was Assistant Editor and Scholarly Writing Editor for the Law Review, received the Krasicky Award given to the editor who makes the most significant contribution, earned Certificates of Merit in Constitutional Law I, Property II, Advance Writing, Sales, and Estate Planning; and was on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. Professor Charles's undergraduate degree was in International Law with an emphasis in Russian Studies.

His publications include a plain-English pamphlet on garnishment procedure and an article advocating fair business taxation: Brad Charles, Student Author, "Calling for a New Analytical Framework for Monetary Development Exactions: The "Substantial Excess Test," 22 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev. 1 (2005). He also co-presented on inductive generalizations at the Legal Writing Institute's 2008 Biennial Conference.

Professor Charles's community service work includes Project Homeless Connect (2008), United Way Day of Caring (2007), Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.; and pro bono legal representation.

At Cooley, Professor Charles teaches Research & Writing.



Charles, Bradly J. “‘Because I Said So’ Is a Reason - But Not a Reasoning Technique,” The Law Teacher (Fall 2013)

Charles, Bradley J. & Miller, Nelson P. "Meeting the Carnegie Report’s Challenge to Make Legal Analysis Explicit—Subsidiary Skills to the IRAC Framework," 59 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 192 (2009).

Charles, Bradley J. "Scribes Cosponsors a Very Successful Lincoln Symposium," THE SCRIVENER (Winter 2008).

Charles, Bradley J. Calling for a New Analytical Framework for Monetary Development Exactions: The "Substantial Excess Test," 22 THOMAS M. COOLEY L. REV. 1 (2005).

Books and Chapters in Books

Charles, Bradley J. “Reasoned Legal Research: multi-media workbook, and thirty instructional videos,” Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2012).

Charles, Bradley J. "APPLYING LAW: A BOOK ON LEGAL REASONING," Carolina Academic Press (2011).


6/8/13, “Appling the Law: Examples and Exercises that Bridge Legal Writing and Doctrine” Hybrid Law Teaching, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Topeka, KA

8/15/10, "United States Supreme Court Reasoning," American University's Conference on Rhetoric, Washington D.C.

6/28/10, "United States Supreme Court Reasoning," Biennial Conference: The Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, FL

7/14/08, "Inductive Generalizations," Biennial Conference: The Legal Writing Institute, Indianapolis IN

5/20/08, "Document Authentication," Michigan Association of Law Libraries, Lansing, MI


Real-World Experience

Courses: Research & Writing, Faculty specialist at the Academic Resource Center

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