POL SCI 145A

Public Law and Judicial Process: Anglo-American Legal System

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Emily Hallock Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Robert Hennig See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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Hennig is only a summer professor now because he is a full-time practicing attorney. He made the material of Anglo-American Common Law more bearable and relevant than it seems at first. Even though he emphasized how short summer session is and how much there is to cover, I felt like he just repeated himself over and over... but it's necessary with this subject matter. The midterm was a take-home assignment of 4 related questions and the final was the same format, but in class (open-note/open-book). The more your pay attention and jot down notes in class, the less you'll worry about the exams. Sometimes the topics sounded completely foreign or confusing to me, but he speaks slowly so you can actually write or type his words verbatim and decipher them later (or just reword them for the exams). The grading is fair--just be sure to at least skim all the required reading so you can answers the questions in more detail and not run out of things to write.

Good professor overall, very available, open for discussion. Dry subject matter... just bear it if you must take this class!

Sept. 18, 2010
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Cynthia Lebow See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.0

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Prof Lebow is very impressive: became a lawyer when women weren't regarded highly in the field, worked for VP Biden, Janet Reno, worked the RANT Corporation and did public and private law. All her classes are intense. She expects you do not only memorize a bunch of cases which will probably be your first time being exposed to law at UCLA but to know the ins and outs, the implications, and connect them to other law cases. She is helpful and welcomes office hours if you go. While she doesn't pick "favorites" she does have a core group of students that tend to participate and go to her office hours and they seem to be doing well but the majority of students seem lost. This class is intense workload and hard grading. She expects you to be super serious. This class is barely political science and mostly law. If you want to get a feel for law I encourage you to take any of her classes in a low work-load quarter and with some friends. I did not get good grades in her class (lowest ever grades at UCLA) but I am not upset with her, mostly just aware that I had way too much going on to fully commit myself hours a week to this class. Her classes are usually 2 hours, no breaks and cover a HUGE range of material. Take it and learn something but remember 1)This is nothing like a Political Science class 2) She grades hard. 3) You NEED friends in the class 4) Be okay with getting a lower grade for putting the same effort in another class 5) Go to her office hours 6)Sit in the front, she has a soft voice 7)Be prepared to really be challenged

May 9, 2011
Jonathan Liljeblad See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.2

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I too have taken Prof. L several times now, and each time he's been extremely fair. He may have certain leanings (none too far in either direction, either), but the thing is he puts everything on the board in outline form and speaks clearly. He is definitely a fair instructor, although the absolute expectation is that you go to lecture. There is simply too much stuff assigned in the readings to go off that. He's also fairly entertaining in class. Just GO TO LECTURE and take notes exactly as you see things on the board (and write in his words of explanation). As for the take home exams, base everything off your notes. Don't try to get overly creative.

Aug. 21, 2009
Karen Orren See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.1 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 1.9

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For 145E course: Do not take this class. Save yourself the burden. There is alot of reading and unless you have a cool TA (Gilda) then you will not do well in the class. Don't try to approach her or raise your hand in class because she will belittle you and make you regret any question you have asked. The class is pretty funny at times, especially when she forgets something or just plainly, is her old granny self. She gets off tangent alot too in class. Bring you laptop, if you don't want all your notes to be scattered. Also, Wikipedia will be your best friend, since most of you will not have time to read all your cases. So, good luck if you are dying to take this course. Other than that, stay away.

Feb. 21, 2010
Benjamin Radd See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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Radd was amazing and his lectures are extremely engaging. This class is a great prep for law school and he treats it as such. It's very reading heavy but he goes over the readings in class and skims through the most important parts. Ask questions and engage in discussions because he's very helpful in teaching that way as well.

Winter Quarter 2016
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