5965 wrote: DreamShake wrote: Kronk wrote: 5965 wrote:
Could you share your favorite professors at Berkeley?
From the professors I have taken, these would be the ones I have thought were good:
Mary Louise Frampton.
john powell (not as great in class but a great mind)
Haven't had any of these except for Sklansky (whom I found to be an ass on a personal level), so I'll add a few others:
Gergen (genuine polymath of the law)
Swift (retiring, I think)
Thanks DreamShake and Kronk! Could you elaborate a bit on why you liked or disliked them? I feel liking one for academic reasons can be different from liking personally.
I haven't had his / hers except for Doremus. That is an egregious omission on my part, she's a great prof. I never really go to office hours so that might be what DreamShake means by "personal level," I'm not sure. I could see him being a bit pompous. I just only knew him in class. He was just a funny guy, seemed to enjoy being there, didn't cold-call, used classic movies to illustrate Evidence problems, and was overall fun to take class from, IMO. He's also one of the best minds on criminal law issues in the nation and one of the most respected professors, and when you combine those two (good in class + great legal mind) I think that makes for a good professor.
I love Sugarman because he's just an awesome guy, a kind heart, a brilliant professor, and encourages students to not just recant what they've read in the book, but to really analyze legal problems. You would get to class and he wouldn't really even go over the case facts or holdings. He would just assume you understood them. That might annoy people, but it was pretty awesome, because then we'd spend the hour talking about the implications of the holding, the alternatives, policy involved in the holding, what other countries do in similar situations, etc. I just found it much less dry.
I should add a caveat here in that I find most law school classes incredibly boring and dry and hate about 90% of it, so if I think a class is actually interesting, I mean it.