Can anyone share his/her experience on:
- fun classes
- best professors (funny, great teacher, quite friendly...)
- easy classes (grades)
We did some unique things in our criminal law class (Beale) with small groups (simulated a jury, attempted to draft better laws on rape, read a book on the Hinckley trial. In Civil Procedure, Metzloff likes to illustrate things with movie clips. They are usually very brief (15-30 seconds), but it can break up the monotony of class. We also read A Civil Action, which was fun. In Constitutional Law, Powell has a "cheezy" kind of Socratic method where he appoints you Attorney General, the President, etc. and then you argue as if you are that person. He can be kind of funny about it. However, ConLaw is really boring at the start of the semester.
(Contracts) was by far my favorite. He's heavy socratic, and he pushes you, but he teaches with passion and you can really tell he's a genius. Coleman
(Torts) is very particular, and is usually looking for specific answers. If you like that, then you'd like her. Sometimes, however, she can be harsh with her Socratic method.Metzloff
(CivPro) is a really nice guy. He'll talk your ear off and he always has a story. He's very forgiving with his socratic approach. Beale
(CrimLaw) has a LOT of energy. She's also really nice, and you can tell she cares about her students and wants them to learn. Rarely is she socratic (except for early in the semester). Powell
(ConLaw) is incredibly smart. He has an uncanny ability to understand what a student is trying to say. This is tremendously helpful when you've been called on. At the same time, because he's so smart, he expects a lot from his students, and from a socratic standpoint, the class can be challenging. That said, he's also incredibly nice and willing to help in office hours. Reppy
(Property) is probably the only professor I've heard get a lot of negative reviews. He's older and was retired, so he's kind of old school. He doesn't focus on the big picture at all in class, which frustrates some. He can also be confusing and hard to understand. He's beyond forgiving in his socratic method (students clearly wouldn't read or pay attention and he would basically ignore it). Like all the professors, I also think he's an incredibly nice guy (he invited the whole class to his house for dinner and drinks). You may have to put more effort in on your own for this class.
(Coleman) could go both ways in terms of difficulty. It's easy in that she tells you exactly how she likes her answers. It's hard, in that if you violate that, you might get a far worse grade than you thought.Property
(Reppy) can be hard because of the professor (see above) and the complicated content.CivPro
(Metzloff) was the easiest, in my opinion, because it's really clear what he wants and he gives you lots of examples.