Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law--Rights of Accused

Karen Orren

Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law--Rights of Accused

Political Science department

Karen Orren

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Ratings

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Overall 4.3
Good
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Easiness of class 4.0
Easy
Heavy
Workload 3.3
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.3
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Winter 2020
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
31.6%
26.3%
21.1%
15.8%
10.5%
5.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted Sept. 23, 2020 Grade Received: B+

This is the first law class I've taken and it was really interesting! The workload is manageable, but exam prep is stressful. Like previous reviews mentioned, her lectures are unorganized and she just talks at you about cases and writes others on the board, but as long as you take notes, you'll do fine. She uploads 10-15 page case briefs for the weekly cases, but I typically organized my notes using Oyez (unless the opinions were really important to the case) and IRAC method. For the exams, it's best to prep by topics/subtopics imo because the midterm and final exam essay questions are pretty broad. My advice: create/join a groupchat for the class and study with one another!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted Aug. 15, 2020 Grade Received: A

Professor Orren's class is great for someone interested in the material or considering law school. She is not very organized and the lectures lack structure (no slides, outline, and sometimes she says details on cases that aren't totally correct but overall she is so knowledgeable about the subject). The whole class is basically just discussing different Supreme Court cases, about 5 each week. Some of the cases are well known but a lot probably are new material for most. She provides edited/shortened versions of the cases but it is still a significant amount of reading, and just reading Oyez (although very helpful as an intro/review!) won't cut it for the discussion quizzes and tests. Going to lecture is important and helpful to know what her tests will look like. Quizzes are pop quiz style based on the weekly cases in section (these and "participation" were worth 25% together). Some of the quiz questions were HARD so knowing details on all 5 cases is necessary for doing well on these, but the grade was mostly all final (50%) but Professor Orren ended up making our final exam optional given the last-minute change to online which was nice.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 30, 2020 Grade Received: A

Midterm and final. Quizzes and participation in section. 5 cases a week. 15 pages or less per case. Not too bad if you’ve taken another undergraduate law class. Interesting lectures. But disorganized. Not a bad thing, just something to expect. Nicest TA. Very helpful. B.M. Read the cases. Take lecture notes. Go to section. Not too bad. Would recommend.

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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
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