Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

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Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

Postby Moose93 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:02 pm

Who are the best, or among the best, professors at Columbia Law School? One's definition of best can take various forms. Best can mean the most entertaining, the most knowledgeable, the best at teaching, the friendliest, the nicest, the one who assigns the least reading etc. Just let everyone know why you think they were the best, or really great, and what class they taught you.

The same holds true for the worst professors. Why were they the worst and what did they teach?

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Re: Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

Postby dabigchina » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:26 pm

Best: Bob Scott
Worst: Jody Kraus

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Re: Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

Postby soft blue » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:02 am

From the recent 1L cycle, consensus opinions are:

BEST:
Jamal Greene, David Pozen (Con Law)
Eric Talley, Ed Morrison, Bob Scott (Contracts)
Judge Lynch, Bert Huang, Olatude Johnson (Civil Procedure)

WORST:
Elizabeth Scott, Judge Rakoff (Crim)
Jody Kraus, Josh Mitts* (Contracts)
Hamburger (Con Law)

Mixed feelings (lots of hate or love)
Harcourt (Crim)
Barenberg (Con Law)
Merrill (Property)

Everyone else was unremarkable or a visitor. (Pfaff, Landau, etc.)

*Mitts is a very new professor who apparently took the criticism to heart and was much better in his spring SecReg section. Everyone else has a reputation that's pretty much set in stone.

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Re: Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

Postby SpikeSeagull » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:12 am

For upper class courses, I think Funk and Schechtman are both pretty good (Fed Courts and Evidence). Funk taught for the first time last year and clearly put a ton of effort into his courses. Schechtman is more laid back, but funny, engaging, and explains the doctrine really clearly.

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Re: Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

Postby Moose93 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:24 pm

soft blue wrote:From the recent 1L cycle, consensus opinions are:

BEST:
Jamal Greene, David Pozen (Con Law)
Eric Talley, Ed Morrison, Bob Scott (Contracts)
Judge Lynch, Bert Huang, Olatude Johnson (Civil Procedure)

WORST:
Elizabeth Scott, Judge Rakoff (Crim)
Jody Kraus, Josh Mitts* (Contracts)
Hamburger (Con Law)

Mixed feelings (lots of hate or love)
Harcourt (Crim)
Barenberg (Con Law)
Merrill (Property)

Everyone else was unremarkable or a visitor. (Pfaff, Landau, etc.)

*Mitts is a very new professor who apparently took the criticism to heart and was much better in his spring SecReg section. Everyone else has a reputation that's pretty much set in stone.


Where'd you get these "consensus opinions" from? Any consensus opinions on professors for the upper-class courses?

And I can't imagine anyone having any love for barenberg. he might be the worst teacher I've ever had. period.

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Re: Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

Postby soft blue » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:24 pm

I was friendly with a lot of people, and those were the names that were ranted/raved about.

From what I was told: Barenberg was a terrible lecturer for sure, but people seemed to like 1.) his theory of conlaw and 2.) that he actually explained rules, etc quite simply.

Upperclass people I've been told to take (made a list through the year):

Metzger, Funk, Kessler, Bulman-Pozen, Monaghan (Admin/FedCourts)
Anyone teaching Income Tax (Raskolinkov / D'Avino / Graetz)
Goshen, Judge, Talley (Corps)
Schectman (Evidence)
Morrison (Bankruptcy)
Mann (Bankruptcy / Secured Transactions, which we call Commercial Finance)
Hennessey (Family Law)
Ginsburg (Copyright / Trademark)
Greenawalt (Law & Philosophy)


People to avoid:
Pistor, McCrary, Coffee (Corps)
Blasi (1st Amendment)
Every PR prof. except Rose

Controversial
Wu (Antitrust)
Gordon (Corps)
Liebman (Chinese Law)

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Re: Columbia Law: Best Professors? Worst Professors?

Postby CommonLawTort » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:34 pm

Best:
Rick D'Avino (Tax - Raskolnikov is also well liked but D'Avino blew me away)
Tim Wu controversial, yes but I thought he was great (Crim - prob good for other classes too)
Kellen Funk (Fed Courts - Metzger also well-liked but I really liked Funk)
David Ross (Negotiations)
Ed Morrison (Corp Fin and Bankruptcy - he'll work you hard, especially for bankruptcy, but he's very good)
George Bermann (Int'l Arbitration)

To Avoid:
Merritt Fox (Sec Reg - well intentioned, and bright but unfortunately monotonous)
George Fletcher (I hope he's no longer teaching)
Charles Sabel (kinda rude and poor explainer of concepts)



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