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(From the perspective of an engineering student taking this for a tech breadth) This class is incredibly boring, and though the material isn’t particularly difficult, the way it was taught made it very hard to force yourself to do. It was only pre-recorded lectures from April, with the grades being entirely the midterm and final. The subject itself is very dull and the lectures worsen this (thank god for 1.6x video speed). That said, it was a very light load of work, which was really nice when taking more work-heavy classes, so would recommend if that’s what you’re looking for in a tech breadth class.
The tests are HARD (I failed the midterm and learned my lesson on the final). Pay close attention to question wording. Take as detailed notes as possible. The homeworks are somewhat helpful, you should take advantage of the extra practice as he does not provide much otherwise. I personally would not take this class again, it was just the only one that fit for my schedule.
This is a pretty average class.
The workload is extremely light: there is no homework and you do not need to read the textbook at all, since everything is in his lectures.
His lecture videos were, however, all out of order. There also weren't any practice exam questions besides a few recommended hw problems, some of which have nothing to do with anything we learned. So the clarity is lacking.
However, if you take really good notes during his lectures, and watch each lecture video multiple times until you truly understand the intuition behind the concepts (not just memorize his words), then it is not impossible to do well in this class. It's all about taking good notes and religiously studying his videos until you understand intuition. After you've watched the related lecture videos, try all of the recommended textbook problems, but skip the problem if it doesn't correlate to lecture or if the solution contradicts lecture content. Don't be scared away from taking this course with Klein; I found it to be just fine, and I didn't need to study a ton each week. As long as you prepare hard for the 2 exams, you will be fine in this class.
Difficulty: 4/5 (with 5 being easiest)
Workload: 5/5 (with 5 being lightest)
Clarity/Helpfulness: 4.5/5 (with 5 being best)
Pretty good class. Klein is really good at giving engaging lectures with real world examples. The lectures are pretty straightforward, as is the course reader. There is no homework, although doing the recommended homework may help you prepare for exams, since there aren't a lot of preparation materials. Klein responds quickly to emails if you need help.
As long as you religiously study his lectures/notes and understand the logic behind every concept he goes over (and apply it), you will do well in this class. Especially if it's online, this is not a tough class at all.
Very straightforward class
Don't buy or read the textbook. You don't need it.
I took Klein during a Covid year so experiences might be different
BUT during my quarter where videos were asynchronous, all I had to do was watch his lectures RELIGIOUSLY. Watched them on schedule every week, took careful notes. At the end of each week, watched them again at double speed, adding anything I missed to my notes. Before each exam, watched them all again at double speed, again adding anything I missed to my notes. I would then review my notes, paying special attention to all the examples he gave us.
The material is dry at times (I liked 127A topics more just because it felt more applicable to individuals). Professor Klein can be quite vague when it comes to exam-based emails, but he can help explain or clarify topics over email, although he doesn't love to type lengthy emails. If you have a long question, go to his office hours! There is no homework, which is both good and bad - just be accountable for your learning.
Thought this class was very manageable and would do it again.
Great professor. Highly sympathetic. Don't understand the so-called petition calling for his fire. As a POC, I don't think he is racist, to the contrary he is a great teacher. What else do y'all expect him to do anyways? Give POC A+ as a freebee? That would cost him his job and integrity.
I got an A+ in this class so I am a little biased, but I have to say that I really, really loved this class. Klein has ALL the lectures recorded and posted before the class even starts, and there is no homework, projects, etc. but rather just a midterm and a final. This means that the overall workload is very light and you can focus on the lectures. And that is exactly my biggest piece of advice: don't worry about ANYTHING else... just take notes on everything he says during lectures, especially all of his example scenarios, and memorize it all. As long as you can memorize them, you're golden. Midterm and final is ALL ABOUT NUANCE. Nuance, nuance, nuance. You need to understand the details behind the concepts and realize when things are ambiguous or if there's a tiny detail that changes the whole question. In summary, the quality of your lecture notes, how well you've memorized the concepts taught in lecture, and whether you can spot the "devil in the details" will determine whether you succeed or fail in this class.
I loved going to Professor Klien's classes. I really enjoyed his lectures, and was impressed with his ability to make complicated and at times boring topics clear and interesting. I learned a lot. The key in his class is to know the reader inside out. It also helped me to record his lectures and listen to them while I was preparing for the tests. Both the midterm and the final are challenging but definitely doable. In my opinion, Klein is one of the most knowledgeable and charismatic professors at UCLA. I strongly recommend him. After Litt's boring and useless lectures, Klein's classes are a breath of fresh air.
Gordon Klein cares spectacularly about students' well-being and learning. He is a master of course concepts and explains them in a way that engages students. With helpful anecdotes and examples he simplifies extremely complex tax concepts. He made me feel that I could approach him about anything outside of the classroom and happily advised me on career choices. In this way, he has genuinely altered my career passions and encouraged me to pursue graduate school. He deeply cares about his courses and the effort he puts into lectures is obvious. I wish that I had the opportunity to take more classes outside of my major with him.
Prof. Klein is the best professor I've had at UCLA. He's unbelievably knowledgeable about the subject, and he brings in real-world examples to use in class to supplement the lectures. No expensive textbook as the $35 course reader is all you need. He wrote it and it works perfectly with his lectures. I'm going to break this review down into 3 parts: the professor, the class, and the workload/exams.
Prof. Klein's the best. Seriously. He works as an expert witness in some of the largest cases in the U.S. (GM Bankruptcy for example). He is a CPA and a J.D. and has many years of teaching and real-world experience. Prof. Klein, as a result of what he does outside of UCLA, is very wealthy (but he never flaunts it, most people have no idea), he continues to teach not because of the money, but simply because he likes it. Why is this important? Because he puts in the effort and it really shows. He has every page of the course reader memorized; his lectures are easy to understand, entertaining, and often very funny; any question you could possibly have about the subject matter he has an answer to and can explain in detail. What more can you ask for than an entertaining, engaging professor that's an expert in his field and has a passion for teaching? Dude's seriously the best. Had him for 127A and basically scheduled my next quarter around being able to take him for 127B. It's my goal to take every class he teaches.
I took Klein for 127A and 127B. Though 127A isn't a requirement for 127B, I would recommend taking it first, it will make some concepts in 127B easier to understand. The class itself covers C-Corp, S-Corp, and Partnership (LLP, LLC etc) taxation. Though the subject matter may seem dry, Klein's good enough to make it very interesting. The class has very little focus on calculation and concentrates itself almost entirely on conceptual topics. As previously stated, the material in the class comes out of the Course Reader and not the textbook (which you don't need to buy), which means that you're getting a curriculum that doesn't exist anywhere else. This is a big deal because Klein has structured the course not just to teach you how to do tax accounting, but also to learn how to structure things legally to pay the least amount of tax. The structure of this class and the unique material make it worth it in and of itself. By the time you're done, you'll have a great understanding of tax.
This class isn't easy. There is no homework, there are no practice midterms or finals (there are a couple "practice" questions in the Course Reader but they don't really count), there are no discussion sections. The tests are based off of what is covered in class during the lectures. As a result, you can't just study the book and not attend the lectures. Attendance isn't mandatory or tracked in the class, but if you don't go to them, you will fail, guaranteed. That being said, if you attend the lectures and take careful notes, you're pretty much golden for the entire class. As long as you go over them before the exams, you will be prepared. Another thing you should be aware of is that the exams are hard and tricky. They're 20-24 questions long and are mostly multiple choice. He will try to trick you. You've gotta be very careful and go over the exam twice and carefully double check your answers to see if anything slipped under the radar. You'll only do well on the exam if you truly know the materiel and the concepts well. That being said, getting an A on one of his exams feels great. He's not trying to fail the class (just look at the grade dist), he just wants to make sure you know your stuff.
TL;DR: Professor's one of the best at UCLA, take this class. No Textbook required, lectures are amazing, tests are hard.