Lurk3r wrote:Helmholz is honestly the best professor I have ever had in my entire academic career. Not just law school. You should be honored to have him. It might be 50/50 on him, but the 50% who dislike him are those that honestly either a.) don't like property or b.) are fragile little flowers that can't handle a professor telling them they aren't a special snowflake and just gave an incoherent answer or asked a ridiculous question. The people who like him either a.) love property and find it fascinating or b.) love it when professors are slightly rude in that traditional law school way. He's a preeminent scholar in his field and he genuinely loves teaching. He also happens to be really good at it if you embrace his style. He only ever assigns 10 or so pages to read a day, if that so you're lucky if you have him. Just spend the same time you would on another class but actually internalize the material. Also, I noticed that the same people who like Levmore like Hemholz. Probably has to do with that slightly rude, snarky personality that I just can't get enough of.
Again, I disagree. (And I think that your classification of those who disagree with you is, at best, misleading.) I thought Helmholz was pretty bad and I love Levmore. Levmore was easily my favorite professor. However, being snarky does not make you a good professor. Helmholz's teaching style is, imo, lazy. He starts at the beginning of the text book and moves straight through, assigning the next 3 cases every single class. I honestly think he's the only professor I had in my 3 years at the school who didn't take the time to create a syllabus. There's absolutely no structure to his class and it causes his course to focus on inane intricacies of property law that no one will ever use when practicing. I have many more problems with him and his teaching style, as do the other 50% or so of students who dislike him, I'm just merely pointing out that not liking property or being sensitive has little to do with whether or not you'll be happy with Helmholz as a professor.