Randall Ryder ’09

  • Director of Appellate Advocacy & Lecturer in Law
  • Co-Director of Law in Practice
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Office: N217
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Randall Ryder ’09 is the Law School’s Director of Appellate Advocacy. He formerly served as director of bar support, helping students achieve academic success and preparing them for the bar exam during law school and after graduation. He also teaches legal writing and law in practice to first-year students.

Prior to joining the faculty full-time, he was an adjunct professor at the Law School. He taught moot court and law in practice for seven years, and also worked as supervising attorney in the clinical program. As a practicing attorney, he ran his own law firm, specializing in consumer law and student loan issues. He was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2016 and 2017.

Ryder graduated magna cum laude from the Law School; he holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota as well.

Prior to attending law school, Ryder had a career in Hollywood, where he wrote screenplays and helped produce commercials and music videos. He also worked on former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first campaign commercials. A noted comic book aficionado, Ryder was retained by Marvel Comics as an expert witness in a federal copyright lawsuit.  


Robins Kaplan Civil Practice Clinic

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court

Legal Writing II

Structured Study Group Instructors

Legal Research & Writing Student Instructor

Thurgood Marshall Competition Team

NAAC/ABA Competition Team

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Directors

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Research Director

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Managing Director

Robins Kaplan Civil Practice Clinic Student Director

Moot Court Competition Team

Senior Legal Research & Writing Instructor

Law In Practice Student Instructor



  • Advocacy on Appeal (West Academic, 4th ed., 2021) Brad Clary, Sharon L. Reich Paulsen & Michael J. Vanselow

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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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