- B.A., 1972, magna cum laude, Duke University
- M.Ed., 1976, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- J.D., with honors, 1988, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Order of the Coif.
Ruth Ann McKinney, M.Ed., J.D., is an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Law and former Assistant Dean at the University of North Carolina School of Law where she directed the first-year legal research and writing program and the academic success program for more than twenty years. Professor McKinney is the author of Legal Research: A Practical Guide & Self-Instructional Workbook (West, 5th ed. 2008), Reading Like a Lawyer (CAP 2d ed. 2012), and she is the original senior editor of the national Law School Academic Support Professional website, LawSchoolASP.org. Together with Katie Rose Guest Pryal, Professor McKinney co-authored Core Grammar for Lawyers (CAP 2011) and Core Grammar for College (CAP 2013). Most recently, Professor McKinney received the 2014 Section Award from the ASP Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).