Cynthia C Lebow
Department of Political Science
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2.9
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Easiness 1.9 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.8 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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March 3, 2021

Professor Lebow is by far the worst professor at UCLA. Not only is she INCREDIBLY racist she is also rude, unhelpful, and condescending. She does not at all respect her students or their time. It is unfortunate that such a terrible professor is teaching such an important class, but if there is a piece of advice I can give you it is to avoid this class at all costs and any class with Lebow. She will not respond to your emails, she will not offer you any guidance, and given that she is teaching a class on civil rights and civil liberties, her moral standing is incredibly disappointing. I don't understand how she is still teaching at UCLA. When she accidentally posted our Midterm the night before the test, dozens of students emailed her to let her know and to ask if this was an error. She responded that we were "barraging" her with emails (how rude of us to let her know she made a mistake right?) and said that the Midterm has been deleted but that the test was still on. That meant half the class that had realized her mistake prior had access to the test before the midterm and could spend over 24 hours figuring out the answers. The other half did not, and correspondingly did terribly on the Midterm. Pretty sure if this had been reported to UCLA department, she would have gotten in a lot of trouble for the complete unfairness of the test. In summary, she is the worst professor I've ever had. Do not take her.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: B
Oct. 6, 2017

I hated this class, I have taken 2 courses with Professor Lebow and she is the absolute worst. She is so draggy and there is SO MUCH MATERIAL TO MEMORIZE for the midterm. She is also a really hard grader.

If you have taken this course and need the Course Reader and Textbook by Bloch I am willing to negotiate prices. Text me at 310-873-7405

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: N/A
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June 5, 2020

Prof. Lebow frequently comes off as condescending and completely tonedeaf. And that is on a good day. However, her true colors were shown in her response to students requesting leniency and accommodations on her 16 page final exam in light of the tragic murder of George Floyd by the police and the anguish, pain, and protests that have arisen across the country as a result. She dismissed students' accounts of police misconduct and brutality as unbelievable or impossible -- after a week of evidence to the contrary from across the country. She classified students asking for a shorter exam or a no-harm final as looking for "excuses" and claimed that writing her final was a great way of fighting racism. Most offensively, she somehow suggested with a straight face that George Floyd would have wanted us to take her final.

Don't take this class -- or any others with Lebow -- unless you want to watch a professor use their position of authority to hurt and demean students, especially black and brown students. Don't take her classes if you value respect, empathy, and common decency from a professor. Don't take her classes, period.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: NR
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June 12, 2020

Look imma be as real as can be, I see a lot of people saying "she can hard but its worth it", nah in all honesty this women needs to be cancelled. She had the audacity to tell our class that "if he were here (George Floyd), he would say you gotta take the test,” instead of getting “tangled up in all that’s going on.”. Um, well I can't speak for George Floyd but I guarantee I can say he would have wanted to be at home with his six year old daughter who doesn't have a dad because of a system of racial inequality and a cop committing a public lynching. Furthermore, her final that she gave us is not only "separate and unequal" , those who chose p/np for the class are required to do an 8 page essay while those who chose a grade are required to write 2 8 page essays for a total of 16 pages. Theres also some questionably racist content on the final, plus she not only had the audacity to use George Floyd's name for a question, in the same paragraph she comments BLM burned flags and "hispanic gang members" were behind the looting in Santa Monica. Maybe she's from a different time and standards, but she's completely forget the morals America was founded on and shouldn't be anywhere near a political science class, let alone teach one. Her class is not more important than Covid, Civil unrest and change or any other of the crazy things that have happened this year. 10/10 did not sit right with my spirit and if it's with her as a teacher imma pass

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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June 20, 2020

One midterm (40%) and one final (60%). The final would normally consist of two 8 page papers. However, in Spring 2020, Professor Lebow made accommodations, permitting students to take a no harm option, which required one 8 page paper. The midterm was fine. Just take good notes. If you've taken 145E with her before or 145B with Professor Orren, this class should be a breeze, particularly in the former case since both classes cover the same material for the first two or three weeks. Overall, it was very interesting. Would recommend.

The accusations of racism below are frankly ridiculous. Students asked for accommodations. They got those accommodations. Students expressed their concern about police violence. And to make the exam more pertinent to current events, Professor Lebow made it so that students could apply what they've learned to their concerns.

A student below asserts that "[Professor Lebow] comment[ed] [that] BLM burned flags and "hispanic gang members" were behind the looting in Santa Monica." This is plainly false. In the context of a hypothetical, Attorney General Barr and local police authorities expressed such sentiments. Is the Attorney General known to be honest? I don't think so. Are local police authorities known to be honest? I don't think so. In the context of a hypothetical, those sentiments were used as a pretext to pass a patently unconstitutional law that cracked down free speech. Clearly, those sentiments were stated, in the context of a hypothetical, for students to disprove. Indeed, the prompt asks students to "prepare a short memo as to the possible constitutional problems with the act relating to the First Amendment." Therefore, it is most likely that Professor Lebow holds the view opposite to what some posters here have suggested.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: B+
April 17, 2019

This class is very informative and helped me going forward with my time at UCLA. It gave me a much better idea of how to manage my workload by forcing me to budget my time better. Further, Professor Lebow is incredibly forgiving when it comes to your final grade. She does not base your grade at the end of the quarter off of points, rather she bases it off of how much you’ve learned and improved. I failed the midterm badly, below 40%, and I talked to her and explained that it was my fault and I had prioritized work over school - I ended up getting an A- on each of the final papers and she gave me a B+ in the class when based on the actual weights in the syllabus I’d have gotten a C+ at best. She wants to help students succeed and looks to make her class work for everyone, even if at times she gives some tough love.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: B+
Sept. 16, 2018

Professor Lebow often gets reviews where students complain about her toughness, and even believe her to be mean at times. Without a doubt, Prof. Lebow is tough, but she is the best professor I've had at UCLA so far. Her lectures are incredibly engaging, and really make you question constitutional law and how it has been applied throughout the U.S's history. She's honest, incredibly smart, inspirational (she became a lawyer in a time when women weren't very accepted in the field), and very helpful. Oftentimes, her straightforwardness can come across as mean, but I found it to be incredibly refreshing. She's open to having political discussions with her students, and throws in the occasional joke during lecture. I will be taking another class with her in the fall and I'm looking forward to it very much.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A+
June 27, 2018

Honestly, I see some really bad reviews of Professor Lebow on here. So I want to start with saying, this is definitely a hard class, probably one of the hardest I have ever taken. There is a ton of reading, and the midterm is memorizing astronomical amounts of (important) information and answering 10 short answer (more like essay) questions in a very short amount of time. Your hand will hurt.

I personally loved this class and feel a lot smarter for taking it. I went into office hours, I stayed engaged in class, and I read everything there is to read. If you work hard, you'll do well. If you show her you care and are interested, you will do well. She's a really nice professor, just go into office hours and talk to her, she will give you advice and make the material a lot easier to grasp.

This class isn't for someone who wants an easy A, or even an easy B though. So if you're looking for that, don't take it. But if you want to come out of a class feeling like the crazy amount of money you are paying to go to college here is worth it, then take her class.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A
June 28, 2017

There is so much reading. I read the reviews before taking Lebow thinking that people just like to complain but I am telling you, as a Political Science major, you HAVE to do the reading. She assigns a course reader, a big casebook and a smaller book. These books are incredibly useful and explain court cases, judge opinions etc in a very helpful way. Lebow goes pretty fast and expects that you have done the reading prior to coming to class. She didn't let us use computers so writing everything down without reading prior was a struggle. I know a lot of students went to her office hours and liked her but I personally felt she was unapproachable. All this aside this class is incredibly valuable and Lebow knows her stuff. She likes to focus on Supreme Court judges because that's where her experience is. Also in class DO NOT ask a question unless it is on the material she is currently covering, there is too much to get through and she (and everyone else) will resent you.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
March 3, 2021

Professor Lebow is by far the worst professor at UCLA. Not only is she INCREDIBLY racist she is also rude, unhelpful, and condescending. She does not at all respect her students or their time. It is unfortunate that such a terrible professor is teaching such an important class, but if there is a piece of advice I can give you it is to avoid this class at all costs and any class with Lebow. She will not respond to your emails, she will not offer you any guidance, and given that she is teaching a class on civil rights and civil liberties, her moral standing is incredibly disappointing. I don't understand how she is still teaching at UCLA. When she accidentally posted our Midterm the night before the test, dozens of students emailed her to let her know and to ask if this was an error. She responded that we were "barraging" her with emails (how rude of us to let her know she made a mistake right?) and said that the Midterm has been deleted but that the test was still on. That meant half the class that had realized her mistake prior had access to the test before the midterm and could spend over 24 hours figuring out the answers. The other half did not, and correspondingly did terribly on the Midterm. Pretty sure if this had been reported to UCLA department, she would have gotten in a lot of trouble for the complete unfairness of the test. In summary, she is the worst professor I've ever had. Do not take her.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: B
Oct. 6, 2017

I hated this class, I have taken 2 courses with Professor Lebow and she is the absolute worst. She is so draggy and there is SO MUCH MATERIAL TO MEMORIZE for the midterm. She is also a really hard grader.

If you have taken this course and need the Course Reader and Textbook by Bloch I am willing to negotiate prices. Text me at 310-873-7405

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: N/A
June 5, 2020

Prof. Lebow frequently comes off as condescending and completely tonedeaf. And that is on a good day. However, her true colors were shown in her response to students requesting leniency and accommodations on her 16 page final exam in light of the tragic murder of George Floyd by the police and the anguish, pain, and protests that have arisen across the country as a result. She dismissed students' accounts of police misconduct and brutality as unbelievable or impossible -- after a week of evidence to the contrary from across the country. She classified students asking for a shorter exam or a no-harm final as looking for "excuses" and claimed that writing her final was a great way of fighting racism. Most offensively, she somehow suggested with a straight face that George Floyd would have wanted us to take her final.

Don't take this class -- or any others with Lebow -- unless you want to watch a professor use their position of authority to hurt and demean students, especially black and brown students. Don't take her classes if you value respect, empathy, and common decency from a professor. Don't take her classes, period.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: NR
June 12, 2020

Look imma be as real as can be, I see a lot of people saying "she can hard but its worth it", nah in all honesty this women needs to be cancelled. She had the audacity to tell our class that "if he were here (George Floyd), he would say you gotta take the test,” instead of getting “tangled up in all that’s going on.”. Um, well I can't speak for George Floyd but I guarantee I can say he would have wanted to be at home with his six year old daughter who doesn't have a dad because of a system of racial inequality and a cop committing a public lynching. Furthermore, her final that she gave us is not only "separate and unequal" , those who chose p/np for the class are required to do an 8 page essay while those who chose a grade are required to write 2 8 page essays for a total of 16 pages. Theres also some questionably racist content on the final, plus she not only had the audacity to use George Floyd's name for a question, in the same paragraph she comments BLM burned flags and "hispanic gang members" were behind the looting in Santa Monica. Maybe she's from a different time and standards, but she's completely forget the morals America was founded on and shouldn't be anywhere near a political science class, let alone teach one. Her class is not more important than Covid, Civil unrest and change or any other of the crazy things that have happened this year. 10/10 did not sit right with my spirit and if it's with her as a teacher imma pass

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
June 20, 2020

One midterm (40%) and one final (60%). The final would normally consist of two 8 page papers. However, in Spring 2020, Professor Lebow made accommodations, permitting students to take a no harm option, which required one 8 page paper. The midterm was fine. Just take good notes. If you've taken 145E with her before or 145B with Professor Orren, this class should be a breeze, particularly in the former case since both classes cover the same material for the first two or three weeks. Overall, it was very interesting. Would recommend.

The accusations of racism below are frankly ridiculous. Students asked for accommodations. They got those accommodations. Students expressed their concern about police violence. And to make the exam more pertinent to current events, Professor Lebow made it so that students could apply what they've learned to their concerns.

A student below asserts that "[Professor Lebow] comment[ed] [that] BLM burned flags and "hispanic gang members" were behind the looting in Santa Monica." This is plainly false. In the context of a hypothetical, Attorney General Barr and local police authorities expressed such sentiments. Is the Attorney General known to be honest? I don't think so. Are local police authorities known to be honest? I don't think so. In the context of a hypothetical, those sentiments were used as a pretext to pass a patently unconstitutional law that cracked down free speech. Clearly, those sentiments were stated, in the context of a hypothetical, for students to disprove. Indeed, the prompt asks students to "prepare a short memo as to the possible constitutional problems with the act relating to the First Amendment." Therefore, it is most likely that Professor Lebow holds the view opposite to what some posters here have suggested.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: B+
April 17, 2019

This class is very informative and helped me going forward with my time at UCLA. It gave me a much better idea of how to manage my workload by forcing me to budget my time better. Further, Professor Lebow is incredibly forgiving when it comes to your final grade. She does not base your grade at the end of the quarter off of points, rather she bases it off of how much you’ve learned and improved. I failed the midterm badly, below 40%, and I talked to her and explained that it was my fault and I had prioritized work over school - I ended up getting an A- on each of the final papers and she gave me a B+ in the class when based on the actual weights in the syllabus I’d have gotten a C+ at best. She wants to help students succeed and looks to make her class work for everyone, even if at times she gives some tough love.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: B+
Sept. 16, 2018

Professor Lebow often gets reviews where students complain about her toughness, and even believe her to be mean at times. Without a doubt, Prof. Lebow is tough, but she is the best professor I've had at UCLA so far. Her lectures are incredibly engaging, and really make you question constitutional law and how it has been applied throughout the U.S's history. She's honest, incredibly smart, inspirational (she became a lawyer in a time when women weren't very accepted in the field), and very helpful. Oftentimes, her straightforwardness can come across as mean, but I found it to be incredibly refreshing. She's open to having political discussions with her students, and throws in the occasional joke during lecture. I will be taking another class with her in the fall and I'm looking forward to it very much.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A+
June 27, 2018

Honestly, I see some really bad reviews of Professor Lebow on here. So I want to start with saying, this is definitely a hard class, probably one of the hardest I have ever taken. There is a ton of reading, and the midterm is memorizing astronomical amounts of (important) information and answering 10 short answer (more like essay) questions in a very short amount of time. Your hand will hurt.

I personally loved this class and feel a lot smarter for taking it. I went into office hours, I stayed engaged in class, and I read everything there is to read. If you work hard, you'll do well. If you show her you care and are interested, you will do well. She's a really nice professor, just go into office hours and talk to her, she will give you advice and make the material a lot easier to grasp.

This class isn't for someone who wants an easy A, or even an easy B though. So if you're looking for that, don't take it. But if you want to come out of a class feeling like the crazy amount of money you are paying to go to college here is worth it, then take her class.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A
June 28, 2017

There is so much reading. I read the reviews before taking Lebow thinking that people just like to complain but I am telling you, as a Political Science major, you HAVE to do the reading. She assigns a course reader, a big casebook and a smaller book. These books are incredibly useful and explain court cases, judge opinions etc in a very helpful way. Lebow goes pretty fast and expects that you have done the reading prior to coming to class. She didn't let us use computers so writing everything down without reading prior was a struggle. I know a lot of students went to her office hours and liked her but I personally felt she was unapproachable. All this aside this class is incredibly valuable and Lebow knows her stuff. She likes to focus on Supreme Court judges because that's where her experience is. Also in class DO NOT ask a question unless it is on the material she is currently covering, there is too much to get through and she (and everyone else) will resent you.

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2.9
Overall Rating
Based on 9 Users
Easiness 1.9 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.8 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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