1.  AVOID COOPER.

2.  Cooper is abysmally dull and totally off track with his lectures. Everyone says you shouldn't even go to class, and I certainly agree. I missed half of the classes and scored above the curve, and I'm not particularly smart.

3.  I actually took this class last year, but I want to weigh in because if the law school won't take our recommendations seriously, maybe at least having this public will make them reconsider allowing this course to continue the way it is being taught. This course did not follow any clear path: we started with jury trial, and then went to directed verdicts, then to pleadings, then to joinder, etc. This was the most confusing possible order to try to learn civil procedure. Additionally, Professor Cooper was just not engaging. He didn't know who most of us were, spoke very quietly, and rarely cold-called. Combined with the fact that this class was at 8am, it was a disincentive for students to attend, and many skipped. I attended every class and did the reading, but found the final exam extremely difficult. We were not allowed to use any notes, or even our own copy of the Rules. Instead, we got tiny booklets, and basically had to rush through long hypotheticals by memory while frantically flipping through these tiny booklets. In general, it seems that Professor Cooper is disinterested in teaching this, or ensuring we have any idea what is going on, and the students tend to give up after a few weeks. The Law School has done us a disservice, because we leave 1L year with no real grasp of civil procedure, and end up having to teach it to ourselves. Professor Cooper should stick to teaching seminars or other courses he cares about, or an effort should be make to dramatically improve the quality of this course.

4.  Professor Cooper is a nice man, whom I would like to have as a grandfather. But I didn't learn anything about Civil Procedure.

5.  Same as number 4.

6.  Cooper seems like a wonderful man. It hurts my soul not to like his class.

7.  Edward Cooper is the single best argument against tenure. After a certain age, there should be some sort of review process in which other professors and deans have to sit in on the professor's lectures and make an honest appraisal of their educational value. Cooper's classes are rambling, mumbling, dead-end no-concentration-zones. A solid hour of unstructured dreamscape. Every time I attend class, I feel like I know less than when I came in. At first, I thought there might be some sort of grand scheme whereby, at the close of the semester, Cooper would reveal to us some overarching, Ulysses-esque interpretive guide to his endless rants that would reveal civil procedure in all its constitutional-right-protecting splendor and beauty. Unfortunately for most of the class, this hasn't come true. And if it ever does, many of us won't be there to see it because attending class is simply too much to bear, or wouldn't hear it because (even with a microphone) his voice rarely raises above a mumble. That said, I have nothing against professor Cooper as a person. I've never had a grandfather, but if I could have one I would want it to be him. He's obviously very intelligent and has a savant-like knowledge of the rules. But the chips are sort of stacked against him because civil procedure is such a boring subject, and his class is, thus, unbearable.

8.  He's not that bad.

9.  Love the man.  Hate the class (civ pro) and the way he taught it, except when he cracks jokes.  Sharp mind, but a convoluted way of presenting it, and an unbearable microphone-amplified voice at 8 am.  Caveat: this review is only 50% believable because that's about the proportion of classes I attended.

10.  Not sure about all the negativity. My friends and I all really enjoyed Professor Cooper.

11.  If you stay off the internet, pay attention, and prepare like you would for any other class then you will get a ton out of Coopers Civil Procedure course.  If you zone out, sleep, or read NYTimes in class... it could be considered a "dreamscape" (but that is through no fault of Coopers.)

12.  Cooper is actually hilarious and entertaining, which you won't realize until you've slept through an entire semester of civil procedure.  He shines the most, oddly enough, in review sessions just before the final.  The true understanding comes once it dawns on you that he's trolling all of us for his own amusement, and is exceedingly good at doing so.  Beware his ostensibly somnambulent state: he is actually paying attention, and he's unnervingly observant.    

13. Had for civ pro. Lacks a concrete direction in many of his lectures and is at times hard to follow, but I agree with the some of the reviews above. If you do the reading, come to class, and pay attention you will get a lot out of the course and probably do pretty well.

14. Completely agree with No. 11. Actually listening to what Cooper says was far better than anything the hornbook said.  The worst advice I ever got was to not go to class and just read the hornbook.  Go to class, pay attention and take notes, ask questions, and you will be more than prepared for the final, which wasn't that difficult.

15.  I have nothing to say about Cooper, but would like to comment on the douchbag who authored number 12.  Ostensibly somnambulent? If you could handle those big words well enough to use them in a non-clumsy way, you wouldn't be such an annoying tool.  I suggest not using your intellect to compensate for your lack of intellect.


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