1.  Rosenbaum is pretty good and I liked Environmental Justice and Civil Rights Litigation.

2.  I took the class a year ago and it was by far the best class I have taken here. Yes, it is a lot of work. As for politics, well, even a staunch anti-ACLU person teaching the class would have to lean heavily in the ACLU direction to teach the particular material, it is just the nature of the subject if actual case law is taught. That said, there are people with extreme views on both ends in the class and what made it the best one I have taken is that Rosenbaum pushes everyone on their thoughts, whether they disagree or agree with him. He pushes hard. I don't want to mislead you, he brings cases he is working on into the class discussion, so it is steered a bit in his direction. But I assure you, few professors will make you think as hard and deeply about the issues from many angles like Rosenbaum does."


3.  I took the class last year. If you are interested in the 14th Amendment, I highly recommend the class. I enjoy him as a professor and I found the material really interesting (I'd be happy to be more specific if that would be helpful). I know that some don't find it quite as interesting, though. I hear your concern about his politics; I thought about the same thing. He is very respectful of different views. He focuses primarily on helping you find your way to make convincing doctrinal arguments, regardless of your political view. He is a fantastic litigator, and though liberal, he is very realistic


4.  I don't think Rosenbaum's personal politics are apparent except when he is explicitly talking about his own litigation experiences. i must add that the class is extraordinarily socratic, and you should be prepared for three straight hours of questioning that in many cases leads nowhere. often this becomes very repetitive and vast amounts of time are devoted to interrogating students on such nebulous questions as "what is equality" or its counterpart, "what does it mean to be equal?" it has the potential to be a good class but only if you are extremely interested in the substance of the material. also, if you do decide to take the class, do not purchase the book entitled "Look, A Negro!" it was only assigned because the author is a friend of Rosenbaum's. i made the mistake of reading the assigned chapters, and not only were they incomprehensible, but completely unrelated to class."


5.  I'd recommend Fourteenth Amendment with Rosenbaum if you're really interested in the material and don't mind a class that's both demanding and unstructured. It meets infrequently, and because Rosenbaum assigns a ton of reading but doesn't tie the assignments to particular dates (his syllabus is so vague as to be practically useless), you often end up discussing cases that you read a month earlier. It can be a very frustrating format. Fortunately, while Rosenbaum is pretty socratic, the answers really aren't in the reading anyway; he's mostly interested in how you'd "figure out" some unanswerable problem posed by the equal protection clause. Rosenbaum is a genuinely interesting guy who's at his best when he talks about his own work as a litigator, but sometimes his search for "the doctrine" (a major and somewhat baffling feature of the class) is less illuminating than one might hope.


6.  I took the class last semester, and I thought it was really great. Really intense (so prepare to not take more than 1, or at most 2, time-consuming classes along with it), but much more insightful/useful I think than probably 99% of the other classes I've taken in law school so far. In large part, that's a function of the professor, who spends a lot of time helping you think through every aspect of every strategic decision in the process of litigating a public interest appellate/impact case. You basically spend the entire semester putting together from scratch a hypothetical case, researching and writing the briefs for both sides, and doing oral argument for both sides. I think that the class really helped my understanding of/ability to put together a case at the appellate level. Would def take it if you have the chance.


7.  Rosenbaum is one of the best professors I have had at this school (maybe in life). I'm taking public interest litigation with him right now, and it's phenomenal. There are some people who aren't a fan of his teaching/class style - it's not very structured, and he treats his syllabus as more of a guide than a schedule. But if you're interested in doing the actual kind of work that he teaches on, than it's invaluable to just listen to him spiel about public interest work and the experience that he's had in his work with the ACLU. I can't speak to advance appellate advocacy in particular, though I can say that I am incredibly sad that it conflicts with Evidence and so I won't be able to take it next semester.


8.  He is awesome. Just smart geniunely good guy. Really knows his stuff. Highly recommend him.


9.  Prof. Rosenbaum is phenomenal. He is one of the best here. Hands down.


10.  Pub Int. Theory I took Rosenbaum's class and it was awesome. He'll have you focus probably on one issue - ours was k-12 education - and then spend the semester reading cases, learning how they were put together, and thinking about how you might use the courts to get major changes. It was really worthwhile, though challenging. I took it as my 1L elective, but I also knew a good deal about the subject beforehand. It would be easier for someone further along in their law school career (I have no idea what year you are). But I'd definitely recommend it.


11.  Prof. Rosenbaum teaches 14th Amendment as an undergraduate intro to philosophy class. He asks interesting and foundational questions about the nature of law and constitutional interpretation, but that is where it ends. He repeats the same questions over and over again, spending 45 min at a time pressing each student in the class on a single basic question. No progress is made whatsoever. (Imagine taking a class taught by the philosophy major you knew in undergrad who responds to anything anyone says with an indignant "oh yeah, how do you know *that*".) Granted, he forces you to think about basic questions of jurisprudence, but he fails as a teacher because he gives you none of the conceptual resources or literature necessary to deal with the issues in a serious way. If you can't come up with your own grand theory of the constitution,  tough luck bud.


12.  I took 14th amendment with him.  What's equality?  What's liberty? What the doctrine?  What are the weaknesses and strengths?  Where is the doctrine going?  That's basically the class in a nutshell.  Lots of questions, no answers.  The class is much more of a 14th amdt litigation strategy class, more than a traditional law class studying case law.  After all, "you're smart.  You know the answer.  You just don't know that you know the answer."  I think if you're interested in Rosenbaum, you'd stand to gain more by taking another one of his classes with him - one that is actually supposed to be about advocacy.


13. Hands-down the BEST professor I've had in my entire life. Period. And the first and only law school professor who taught me how to "think like a lawyer." My only regret is having taken just two classes (14th Amendment, AAA) with him!

 



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