Peter T. Wendel, professor of law, recently published Deconstructing Legal Analysis: A 1L Primer (Aspen, October 2009). The book presents first-year law students with time-tested techniques for learning how to think like a lawyer.
Wendel has traveled across the country and taught thousands of students how to succeed in law school. Just this Fall 2009, Wendel has taught or will teach academic success workshops at Berkeley, USC, Stanford, Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, DePaul, Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Loyola of Chicago, The Boyd College of Law (UNLV), St. Thomas University, McGeorge University, and the University of North Carolina.
Wendel earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, his MA from St. Louis University, and his BS from the University of Chicago. He began his legal career in 1983 in St. Louis. After four years, he returned to the University of Chicago as a Bigelow Instructor and Lecturer in Law. He served for three years as an assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Law before joining the Pepperdine faculty in 1991.
Wendel has been a regular visitor at UCLA School of Law, Loyola University of Los Angeles School of Law, and the University of Augsberg, Germany, School of Law. A member of the Illinois, Missouri, and American Bar Associations, he teaches primarily in the property and wills and trusts areas of law. The aspect of teaching that he enjoys the most is the constant intellectual challenge inherent in legal analysis.
Wendel has also recently published: A Possessory Estates and Future Interests Primer (2nd ed. West); Emanuel's Wills, Trust and Estate (Aspen); and Exam-Pro Property (West).