Jorja Leap
Department of Public Affairs
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4.4
Overall Rating
Based on 16 User s
Easiness 4.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 4.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Engaging Lectures
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  • Would Take Again
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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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April 6, 2021

This class is WHACK. Dr. Leap is WHACK. The students, however, are also WHACK. Read to the bottom to hear the story.

Dr. Leap has a philosophy: don't worry about grades. Do the work, get an A. Super helpful, should create a very generous and happy student population, and a very free-flowing and efficient lecture period, right? WRONG. She still would spend 10+ minutes every lecture talking about course logistics. Section material was not integrated with course material well. The guest lectures were never integrated. Books were not integrated until the final. Some of the lectures/guest speakers were super interesting. But they didn't have slides or handouts, so we had to take notes if we wanted to reference a stat or something.

Three reflection papers and a final. Four required books (must be referenced in some papers and the final to keep you accountable). The highlight of the course was being forced to read these books. Just Mercy is required and it is incredible.

Story time:
Dr. Leap invites the Deputy Chief of the LAPD for Community Engagement to speak with us. This is a black woman. This is a black woman cop who supports defunding the police, spending more on community safety, etc., and she says so in her guest lecture. She is obviously not as left-leaning as the UCLA Pub Aff population, but jesus christ she is about as liberal as cops come. She is my ideal Deputy Chief of the LAPD for Community Engagement because she supports defunding the police!
But when I say that these students ripped her apart in the GroupMe, it's an understatement. "copaganda" "racist bullshit" "this is traumatic" like jesus christ can you just listen to someone that has been working on the ground, in the field, etc. before judging? She has lived the experiences of black women in LA, she knows what cops deal with, why shouldn't we listen to what she has to say? Anyway, rant over.

Take the class for the books and the easy A.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
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March 30, 2022

This class was the highlight of my winter quarter. Professor leap assigned four books to read over the course of the quarter, and they were very impactful. For grades, you have to do two reflection papers and a final policy brief. The reflection papers are easy if you read the books, as you're just providing your own opinion and connecting it to class. The policy brief is a little more strenuous and was due the Friday before finals week, so keep that in mind.

Leap proclaims herself that this is an "Easy A" class. If you participate, it feels more like a discussion than a lecture. The TAs are all great, and we had the pleasure of hearing about their studies in their graduate work. If you are a Pub Aff major/minor, this is a class that will stick with you years after graduation.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
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March 29, 2022

I loved this class. I would sooooo take another class with Professor Leap but I am a sociology major so I don't think it would be towards any credit unfortunately. This professor has awesome stories, guest lecturers, engaging lectures, and interesting experiences. In this class Professor Leap emphasizes that it is about knowledge learned so READ the books as they're interesting, do not stress over the papers, and work on your final project in a timely fashion and you'll get an A. Don't ask her about your grade in class and definitely don't ask her a question she JUST answered. I really wish this class were in person but it was conveniently online as it was a class that ended at 8pm and in the Winter quarter it would get dark earlier. I know I didn't get to talk to her personally enough but I'd say if you have the chance to do it. You can come to her to talk about anything (when it's outside of class) and please participate and ask questions/make comments because it makes the class all the more entertaining.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
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March 18, 2022

For this class we met every Monday on Zoom and had 4 books to read, 2 reflection papers, 1 final project. She wanted us to work in groups for the final project and if we did, we got extra credit but you could work solo if you wanted to. You could choose the topic to do your policy brief on and had to do a video component. The books and class material is so interesting! She's super funny, caring, inspiring and understanding. We had guest lecturers and she let students voice their opinions and ask questions. We had TA sections and my TA was a bit serious. TA sections were a bit unnecessary to me and kind of awkward. One day she had us watch The Simpsons for the last 30 minutes of class and she created a safe space for students to share personal stories that related to the material. She's known for having this class be an "easy A", but you still need to put in effort! I highly recommend her!!

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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April 15, 2021

super easy class, everyone gets an A but the lectures were all over the place and she lost my attention once she started putting out copaganda, there was a lot of cognitive dissonance tbh. all the books are pretty interesting reads (i actually recommend everyone read caste: the origins of our discontents it was that good) but not necessary to the class

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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March 30, 2021

Please keep in mind I took this class during the COVID-19 pandemic, so everything was virtual. Professor Leap is awesome. She cares about her students so much and she truly is focused on student learning and does not grade harshly at all. Grade is based off of just three 2-paged, personal reflections and a final that is two 3-paged essays and one 1-page essay based off of prompts she gives. As long as you pull from the readings and/or lectures and put some effort and thought into your essays, you will get an A in this class. There are 4 books assigned and they are all really good and easy to finish quickly because of how intriguing they are. There was a guest lecturer almost every week of the second half of the quarter, which I was not a huge fan of because Professor barely lectured. I understand she wanted her students to hear from other people and from different perspectives, but I think there were one-too-many guest lecturers.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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March 30, 2021

Jorja Leap is INCREDIBLE! Take this class! Jorja does not care about grades, she cares only about student learning. I learned so much in this class and overall, the class was extremely informational, applicable, and really opened my eyes to prevalent issues. All the guest speakers were very interesting and all of the assignments, minus the final, are reflections on things we learn in class and the books. She does assign us to read some books (which are all very interesting). As long as you have a basic idea of what happens in the books, you should be just fine for this class. The final is worth 50% of the grade and was graded more harshly than the reflection assignments. You get the final prompts on a Monday and the final is due on a Friday. Make sure that your final is extremely descriptive and reflects the books accurately. You want to make sure you answer "hows" and "whys" in your final to make sure its as thorough as possible. Jorja DOES NOT give A+'s, so the highest grade you can get in this class is an A.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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March 29, 2021

This was the worst Public Affairs class I've taken. It is extremely disorganized and the lectures were a waste of time. The assignments were easy but the teaching staff gave no instructions and little feedback. Dr. Leap emphasizes that she cares more about student learning than grades, but it creates a stressful environment for students who are balancing too many things, especially a global pandemic. Reflection papers would be assigned after class ended at 7PM and then due the next morning, giving students only a few hours to work on the paper. The turnaround time for grading was so slow and we wouldn't get feedback on the first reflection paper until the second one was already turned in. The lectures were horribly disorganized and there was no central theme throughout the course, not to mention one of the lectures was completely devoted to copaganda and "all lives matter" rhetoric.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: NR
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March 27, 2021

Amazing professor, amazing class. I can’t imagine not taking this class before graduating UCLA. Dr. Jorja Leap is an angel. Her expertise in public affairs and other related fields is outstanding. I looked forward to Mondays because of this class. She has phenomenal speakers, fabulous TA’s, and wonderful assigned books to read. Dr. Leap’s lectures always amazed me and I will never forget what I have learned. This was such a great experience because of all the interesting material presented to us. I recommend this course 100%

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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March 24, 2021

Please take her if you want a stress relief class. Her lectures and class itself are just like therapy sessions. We get into serious topics, but you learn so much. She doesn't do tests or midterms. We just do 3 reaction papers (2 pages each) and 1 final which is 3 questions around 8 pages. Honestly it's an easy A, she even says it herself. I had Mike as a TA, he's so sweet and plays music for us. The class also requires us to do 4 readings, the readings along with the lectures are for the reaction papers, and final they help us relate what we read to the lecture. The reading may be a lot but their easy reads and you're fine skimming too. Please take her and take any courses she offers! Guaranteed an A grade.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
April 6, 2021

This class is WHACK. Dr. Leap is WHACK. The students, however, are also WHACK. Read to the bottom to hear the story.

Dr. Leap has a philosophy: don't worry about grades. Do the work, get an A. Super helpful, should create a very generous and happy student population, and a very free-flowing and efficient lecture period, right? WRONG. She still would spend 10+ minutes every lecture talking about course logistics. Section material was not integrated with course material well. The guest lectures were never integrated. Books were not integrated until the final. Some of the lectures/guest speakers were super interesting. But they didn't have slides or handouts, so we had to take notes if we wanted to reference a stat or something.

Three reflection papers and a final. Four required books (must be referenced in some papers and the final to keep you accountable). The highlight of the course was being forced to read these books. Just Mercy is required and it is incredible.

Story time:
Dr. Leap invites the Deputy Chief of the LAPD for Community Engagement to speak with us. This is a black woman. This is a black woman cop who supports defunding the police, spending more on community safety, etc., and she says so in her guest lecture. She is obviously not as left-leaning as the UCLA Pub Aff population, but jesus christ she is about as liberal as cops come. She is my ideal Deputy Chief of the LAPD for Community Engagement because she supports defunding the police!
But when I say that these students ripped her apart in the GroupMe, it's an understatement. "copaganda" "racist bullshit" "this is traumatic" like jesus christ can you just listen to someone that has been working on the ground, in the field, etc. before judging? She has lived the experiences of black women in LA, she knows what cops deal with, why shouldn't we listen to what she has to say? Anyway, rant over.

Take the class for the books and the easy A.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 30, 2022

This class was the highlight of my winter quarter. Professor leap assigned four books to read over the course of the quarter, and they were very impactful. For grades, you have to do two reflection papers and a final policy brief. The reflection papers are easy if you read the books, as you're just providing your own opinion and connecting it to class. The policy brief is a little more strenuous and was due the Friday before finals week, so keep that in mind.

Leap proclaims herself that this is an "Easy A" class. If you participate, it feels more like a discussion than a lecture. The TAs are all great, and we had the pleasure of hearing about their studies in their graduate work. If you are a Pub Aff major/minor, this is a class that will stick with you years after graduation.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 29, 2022

I loved this class. I would sooooo take another class with Professor Leap but I am a sociology major so I don't think it would be towards any credit unfortunately. This professor has awesome stories, guest lecturers, engaging lectures, and interesting experiences. In this class Professor Leap emphasizes that it is about knowledge learned so READ the books as they're interesting, do not stress over the papers, and work on your final project in a timely fashion and you'll get an A. Don't ask her about your grade in class and definitely don't ask her a question she JUST answered. I really wish this class were in person but it was conveniently online as it was a class that ended at 8pm and in the Winter quarter it would get dark earlier. I know I didn't get to talk to her personally enough but I'd say if you have the chance to do it. You can come to her to talk about anything (when it's outside of class) and please participate and ask questions/make comments because it makes the class all the more entertaining.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 18, 2022

For this class we met every Monday on Zoom and had 4 books to read, 2 reflection papers, 1 final project. She wanted us to work in groups for the final project and if we did, we got extra credit but you could work solo if you wanted to. You could choose the topic to do your policy brief on and had to do a video component. The books and class material is so interesting! She's super funny, caring, inspiring and understanding. We had guest lecturers and she let students voice their opinions and ask questions. We had TA sections and my TA was a bit serious. TA sections were a bit unnecessary to me and kind of awkward. One day she had us watch The Simpsons for the last 30 minutes of class and she created a safe space for students to share personal stories that related to the material. She's known for having this class be an "easy A", but you still need to put in effort! I highly recommend her!!

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
April 15, 2021

super easy class, everyone gets an A but the lectures were all over the place and she lost my attention once she started putting out copaganda, there was a lot of cognitive dissonance tbh. all the books are pretty interesting reads (i actually recommend everyone read caste: the origins of our discontents it was that good) but not necessary to the class

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 30, 2021

Please keep in mind I took this class during the COVID-19 pandemic, so everything was virtual. Professor Leap is awesome. She cares about her students so much and she truly is focused on student learning and does not grade harshly at all. Grade is based off of just three 2-paged, personal reflections and a final that is two 3-paged essays and one 1-page essay based off of prompts she gives. As long as you pull from the readings and/or lectures and put some effort and thought into your essays, you will get an A in this class. There are 4 books assigned and they are all really good and easy to finish quickly because of how intriguing they are. There was a guest lecturer almost every week of the second half of the quarter, which I was not a huge fan of because Professor barely lectured. I understand she wanted her students to hear from other people and from different perspectives, but I think there were one-too-many guest lecturers.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 30, 2021

Jorja Leap is INCREDIBLE! Take this class! Jorja does not care about grades, she cares only about student learning. I learned so much in this class and overall, the class was extremely informational, applicable, and really opened my eyes to prevalent issues. All the guest speakers were very interesting and all of the assignments, minus the final, are reflections on things we learn in class and the books. She does assign us to read some books (which are all very interesting). As long as you have a basic idea of what happens in the books, you should be just fine for this class. The final is worth 50% of the grade and was graded more harshly than the reflection assignments. You get the final prompts on a Monday and the final is due on a Friday. Make sure that your final is extremely descriptive and reflects the books accurately. You want to make sure you answer "hows" and "whys" in your final to make sure its as thorough as possible. Jorja DOES NOT give A+'s, so the highest grade you can get in this class is an A.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 29, 2021

This was the worst Public Affairs class I've taken. It is extremely disorganized and the lectures were a waste of time. The assignments were easy but the teaching staff gave no instructions and little feedback. Dr. Leap emphasizes that she cares more about student learning than grades, but it creates a stressful environment for students who are balancing too many things, especially a global pandemic. Reflection papers would be assigned after class ended at 7PM and then due the next morning, giving students only a few hours to work on the paper. The turnaround time for grading was so slow and we wouldn't get feedback on the first reflection paper until the second one was already turned in. The lectures were horribly disorganized and there was no central theme throughout the course, not to mention one of the lectures was completely devoted to copaganda and "all lives matter" rhetoric.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: NR
March 27, 2021

Amazing professor, amazing class. I can’t imagine not taking this class before graduating UCLA. Dr. Jorja Leap is an angel. Her expertise in public affairs and other related fields is outstanding. I looked forward to Mondays because of this class. She has phenomenal speakers, fabulous TA’s, and wonderful assigned books to read. Dr. Leap’s lectures always amazed me and I will never forget what I have learned. This was such a great experience because of all the interesting material presented to us. I recommend this course 100%

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 24, 2021

Please take her if you want a stress relief class. Her lectures and class itself are just like therapy sessions. We get into serious topics, but you learn so much. She doesn't do tests or midterms. We just do 3 reaction papers (2 pages each) and 1 final which is 3 questions around 8 pages. Honestly it's an easy A, she even says it herself. I had Mike as a TA, he's so sweet and plays music for us. The class also requires us to do 4 readings, the readings along with the lectures are for the reaction papers, and final they help us relate what we read to the lecture. The reading may be a lot but their easy reads and you're fine skimming too. Please take her and take any courses she offers! Guaranteed an A grade.

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Overall Rating
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Easiness 4.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 4.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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