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Kirk D. Burkhalter ’04

Professor of Law

Kirk D. Burkhalter ’04

Professor of Law

Kirk D. Burkhalter ’04 joined the full-time faculty in fall 2010. He teaches Legal Practice, Criminal Law, Introduction to the MEE and MBE, has taught the law school’s extended version of the Summer Advantage Institute, and is one of co-teachers of Race, Bias and Advocacy. Additionally, Professor Burkhalter conducts workshops and seminars that focus on the substantive, analytical, and organizational skills specific to preparation for the New York State Bar Examination. Professor Burkhalter has also assisted in the development of, and taught in the law school’s Undergraduate Summer Pre-Law Program—a program designed to provide students from underrepresented populations with a dedicated set of opportunities to explore the law and create a pathway to earn their J.D. degrees at NYLS. Prior to joining the NYLS faculty, he was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Academic Support at Hofstra School of Law, where he taught Legal Methods. Professor Burkhalter has also taught as an adjunct at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Before working in academia, he was an associate in the Corporate Securities and Finance practice group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Professor Burkhalter also served 20 years in the New York City Police Department (NYPD), retiring as a Detective, First Grade. He spent the majority of his career with the NYPD conducting long-term investigations into organized criminal enterprises and domestic, ecological, and industrial terrorism. Professor Burkhalter has also appeared on the Law and Crime Network, providing commentary as a legal analyst.