Ratings for Pomerantz, A J
Based on 7 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: One of the best teachers I've ever had. Professor Pomerantz teaches you how to think critically through the context of current events and the Constitution. By the end of the semester, you'll be able to write an entire appeals court opinion. He also made me realize the importance and wisdom of the Constitution and why it's often important to view modern politics within the context of our founding document. Take this class. You will learn a lot.
Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2015
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-clichÃ© (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.
Submitted May 17th, 2014
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."
Submitted Oct. 5th, 2012
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.
Submitted Jan. 9th, 2012
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...
Submitted May 17th, 2011