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LEGALST 39D (Spring 2014)

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Comment: Simply a fantastic professor and teacher. This was one of my favorite classes here at Berkeley, and with Legal Studies 39D, he teaches the always-cliché (but nevertheless completely true) "class that teaches you how to think." He moderates discussions very well, covers extremely interesting topics, allows us to think critically about things, and always allows us to see all the sides and perspectives of a given controversy. Certain things he taught I've been doing already (proper copy editing, how to approach critiquing/proofing your own papers, how to think logically about issues), and I'm not sure how I feel that he's teaching them to people hahaha (kidding, it's all fantastic). Definitely take this class given the chance.

LEGALST 39D (Fall 2013)

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LEGALST 39D (Spring 2012)

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96 87 40 83 88

Comment: It is very clear that Mr. Pomerantz is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the law. He can come off as a little intimidating at first, but he is very kind and accessible to students. There is a lot of reading for this class, all of which I found fascinating and relevant, but the papers are tough to nail. Mr. Pomerantz has very high expectations for grading them, and you must have a crystal-clear thought process and fundamental understanding of the cases and their implications in order to do well. Ultimately, I admire Mr. Pomerantz greatly, in particular for his decision to teach this class "pro bono."

LEGALST 39D (Fall 2011)

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LEGALST 39D (Fall 2011)

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100 75 74 100 100

Comment: First off, Pomerantz is one of the people I've come to respect the most. He teaches this seminar without pay in order to help students improve their critical thinking, writing, and professional skills. That said, there IS quite a bit of reading, although most of it is interesting (it's kind of like listening to people debate, as long as you can follow along, it's good). You have 5 3-page essays due, so about 1 essay every 2 weeks, but the essays are great opportunities to show off your thought and arguments, so they're actually fairly enjoyable. This class WILL take up time, but by far one of my most enjoyable class this semester. Class discussions are also pretty fun, provided you pay attention to what people are talking about. If you doze off, even for a little bit, you'll have a hard time keeping up. Final paper is a scenario that he asks you to write an opinion (which you've read TONS of by now) about. Loved the class and got an A+, after getting a C on my first paper.

LEGALST 39D (Fall 2010)

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93 50 91 89 93

Comment: The reading is a bit long, but the professor loves to teach. He is super enthusiastic and grades easier as the semester goes on. I switched to P/NP and later realized that I could have easily gotten an A...