Sean J. Petrie

  • Lecturer - The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy


  • JD Stanford
  • BA University of Texas at Austin

Sean Petrie started his legal career as judicial clerk (U.S. Dist. Judge Sam Sparks) and an IP litigation attorney (Wilson Sonsini; Susman Godfrey; and Conley Rose & Tayon). Then, in 2005, he was asked to teach as an adjunct at UT Law. He loved it, was fortunate enough to get a full-time position in 2007, and hasn't looked back.

Sean currently focuses on legal writing and research, teaching the first-year required course, as well as upper-division electives on litigation writing and preparing for judicial clerkships. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the law school's McCormick Society.

To give his left brain a rest, Sean also writes fiction, and pounds out improv poems on vintage typewriters at various events around Austin, as part of the Typewriter Rodeo poetry group.