Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law--Separation of Powers
Fall 2017 - I rarely write Bruinwalk reviews, but I feel compelled to advise potential students on 145B. Professor Lebow is one of the best professors I've had for political science. She's witty, organized, at times funny, very accessible, and best of all, has an in-depth knowledge of ConLaw and is great at explaining concepts. I was really impressed with her willingness to meet with students outside of class; she set up a couple "ConLaw in the Park" sessions in which she invited students to discuss various ConLaw issues they were curious or excited about in the Sculpture Garden (cheetos encouraged!). With this class, however, comes an overwhelming amount of reading. Two large books, a course reader and a textbook, along with two other small books, are all required reading. Your grade in this class is EARNED. Some of the readings are easier, like small speeches or interesting chapters from Justice Breyer's book, but most are dense and difficult to get through. If you don't stay on top of readings, be prepared to fall behind quickly. Overall, I would cautiously recommend this class to any polisci major. It's not easy, but it's thought-provoking, and one of the few classes I've taken thus far at UCLA in which I felt like I was taking in knowledge I'll retain for a long while. If you're Pre-Law, I cannot recommend this class highly enough-- skip it and risk missing out on one of the most valuable classes of your college career.