Leslie Johns
Department of Political Science
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4.1
Overall Rating
Based on 44 Users
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.1 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again

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16.8%
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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
April 12, 2020

This was probably the most fun and engaging poli sci class I've taken here at UCLA. Professor Johns is an amazing lecturer who is super helpful and fun to talk to outside of class. She makes the materials easier to understand despite the concepts being complex. Also she kind of writes the textbook materials for this class so if you have any questions on the readings, you can go directly to her because she wrote it. Overall, take the class. Her exams are a little hard but if you go to lectures, do the readings, and study, then you'll be fine.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
March 30, 2020

Great class. Articulate professor. Dead organized. No reason not to get an A. Just outline the cases, memorize the terms well in advance, go to lecture, and do the readings.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 26, 2020

100% recommend taking 123 w Prof. Johns
her lectures are very engaging and she wrote her own book, so you'll always read exactly what you need to know & the reading won't be tedious. study at least 3 days before the exams because there is a lot of memorization but her curve is AMAZING. one quiz at each section based on a case reading, really helps understand concepts discussed that week. participation is 15% but you'll find yourself asking questions and answering even if you're not confident (like me). overall, a great class, would definitely take her again!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A-
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March 25, 2020

This class is tough but very rewarding. Professor Johns is structured and the book she's written goes perfectly with the class. The shaw readings were difficult reads so hopefully by the time you take this class, she's finished her book. I'd take this class if I were you!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A-
Aug. 9, 2019

Prof Johns is honestly amazing and very fair. Her lectures (and TA discussion sections) are super structured. She wrote the course reader and almost all the readings, which makes the course information a lot easier to navigate. The readings aren't difficult, but there is a decent amount of it. If you take good lecture notes and know the readings well, it shouldn't be too difficult to study for the exams.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 20, 2019

The class was very straight-forward and very well organized. I have gotten by in most classes with just paying attention in lecture but I definitely found the need to read her textbook PDFs that she assigns. There's a lot of material covered in the exams so you will definitely need to study but she doesn't play games or try to pull any fast ones - it is all very straight forward. Also, she did not upload her lecture slides or provide study guides for the midterm/final so that is something to be aware of as well.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: N/A
June 1, 2019

The way Professor Johns taught the class was super organized – each concept built on a previous concept, and the readings were all helpful and the classes were interesting and not too slow.

The workload was a lot in terms of reading and the number of concepts you need to remember, but if you’e interested in international law, this class really sets the foundation for that. You just have to do the readings and study!

The class was structured with one blue book midterm and one final, plus weekly quizzes and participation points in section. The midterm and final are pretty straightforward as long as you read the questions through carefully. The quizzes are also pretty clear, and the lowest two grades are dropped.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A
May 5, 2019

I loved this class and highly recommend it for those interested in law! Her class is very organized and you know what to expect when studying for the exams. She is very clear and thorough during lecture and does not overcomplicate things! Reading the casebook is essential to the class since this is what the weekly quizzes are on. Her textbook chapters are also on the denser side but they are helpful as they identify important terms that show up on the exams!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A
April 16, 2019

Professor Johns is the best professor and lecturer I've had here to date. She is in the process of writing her own textbook that explains complex issues in International Law in understandable language. This skill is demonstrated in her lectures as well, which I found highly engaging. The quizzes are doable so long as you read the cases, and the tests will require you to memorize most of the lecture notes. This class is a challenge, but is rewarding--especially if you are interested in attending law school.

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A+
April 3, 2019

I learned a lot about IL, which is a good thing because that is the course title. Johns is a really good professor. The first half of the course is much more riveting than the latter half, however. In the first half you unpack the flowery, conceptual aspects of international law while the latter half covers its contemporary applications. She wrote a textbook that clearly maps the main ideas for the course and made following her lectures easy. However, this textbook does not span the breadth of the course; the last month is a hodgepodge of prosaic texts and scholarly articles that are much more difficult to follow and not as pertinent to her lecture material.

She is very accessible in office hours and her exams can be difficult if you didn't study. It is impossible to cram for an exam - it is too much content. Staying on top of the readings is paramount.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
April 12, 2020

This was probably the most fun and engaging poli sci class I've taken here at UCLA. Professor Johns is an amazing lecturer who is super helpful and fun to talk to outside of class. She makes the materials easier to understand despite the concepts being complex. Also she kind of writes the textbook materials for this class so if you have any questions on the readings, you can go directly to her because she wrote it. Overall, take the class. Her exams are a little hard but if you go to lectures, do the readings, and study, then you'll be fine.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
March 30, 2020

Great class. Articulate professor. Dead organized. No reason not to get an A. Just outline the cases, memorize the terms well in advance, go to lecture, and do the readings.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 26, 2020

100% recommend taking 123 w Prof. Johns
her lectures are very engaging and she wrote her own book, so you'll always read exactly what you need to know & the reading won't be tedious. study at least 3 days before the exams because there is a lot of memorization but her curve is AMAZING. one quiz at each section based on a case reading, really helps understand concepts discussed that week. participation is 15% but you'll find yourself asking questions and answering even if you're not confident (like me). overall, a great class, would definitely take her again!

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0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A-
March 25, 2020

This class is tough but very rewarding. Professor Johns is structured and the book she's written goes perfectly with the class. The shaw readings were difficult reads so hopefully by the time you take this class, she's finished her book. I'd take this class if I were you!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A-
Aug. 9, 2019

Prof Johns is honestly amazing and very fair. Her lectures (and TA discussion sections) are super structured. She wrote the course reader and almost all the readings, which makes the course information a lot easier to navigate. The readings aren't difficult, but there is a decent amount of it. If you take good lecture notes and know the readings well, it shouldn't be too difficult to study for the exams.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 20, 2019

The class was very straight-forward and very well organized. I have gotten by in most classes with just paying attention in lecture but I definitely found the need to read her textbook PDFs that she assigns. There's a lot of material covered in the exams so you will definitely need to study but she doesn't play games or try to pull any fast ones - it is all very straight forward. Also, she did not upload her lecture slides or provide study guides for the midterm/final so that is something to be aware of as well.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: N/A
June 1, 2019

The way Professor Johns taught the class was super organized – each concept built on a previous concept, and the readings were all helpful and the classes were interesting and not too slow.

The workload was a lot in terms of reading and the number of concepts you need to remember, but if you’e interested in international law, this class really sets the foundation for that. You just have to do the readings and study!

The class was structured with one blue book midterm and one final, plus weekly quizzes and participation points in section. The midterm and final are pretty straightforward as long as you read the questions through carefully. The quizzes are also pretty clear, and the lowest two grades are dropped.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A
May 5, 2019

I loved this class and highly recommend it for those interested in law! Her class is very organized and you know what to expect when studying for the exams. She is very clear and thorough during lecture and does not overcomplicate things! Reading the casebook is essential to the class since this is what the weekly quizzes are on. Her textbook chapters are also on the denser side but they are helpful as they identify important terms that show up on the exams!

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A
April 16, 2019

Professor Johns is the best professor and lecturer I've had here to date. She is in the process of writing her own textbook that explains complex issues in International Law in understandable language. This skill is demonstrated in her lectures as well, which I found highly engaging. The quizzes are doable so long as you read the cases, and the tests will require you to memorize most of the lecture notes. This class is a challenge, but is rewarding--especially if you are interested in attending law school.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A+
April 3, 2019

I learned a lot about IL, which is a good thing because that is the course title. Johns is a really good professor. The first half of the course is much more riveting than the latter half, however. In the first half you unpack the flowery, conceptual aspects of international law while the latter half covers its contemporary applications. She wrote a textbook that clearly maps the main ideas for the course and made following her lectures easy. However, this textbook does not span the breadth of the course; the last month is a hodgepodge of prosaic texts and scholarly articles that are much more difficult to follow and not as pertinent to her lecture material.

She is very accessible in office hours and her exams can be difficult if you didn't study. It is impossible to cram for an exam - it is too much content. Staying on top of the readings is paramount.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
2 of 4
4.1
Overall Rating
Based on 44 Users
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.1 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (18)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (8)
  • Needs Textbook
    (15)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (13)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (16)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (10)
  • Tough Tests
    (14)
  • Would Take Again
    (13)
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