Bessler has taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and The George Washington University Law School. He clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Mason of the District of Minnesota, and practiced law for many years in the area of civil litigation as a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Kelly & Berens, P.A. He has written five books, four on the subject of capital punishment and one on the craft of writing. His undergraduate degree is in political science, while his master's degree is in international human rights law. His law review articles have appeared in the Indiana Law Journal, the Arkansas Law Review, the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and elsewhere. John Bessler also teaches a capital punishment seminar as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
- M.ST., University of Oxford
- M.F.A., Hamline University
- J.D., Indiana University School of Law
- B.A., University of Minnesota
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