Cynthia Lebow

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POL SCI 140A
National Institutions: Congress Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.8 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
Definitely one of the toughest classes I have taken in my entire life. We had two giant readers for...
POL SCI 140A
National Institutions: Congress See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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Definitely one of the toughest classes I have taken in my entire life. We had two giant readers for the quarter; by the end we have had read at least 900 pages. As said below, this is not a Poli Sci class, everything discussed in class is law and court case- related. Not very impressed by Professor Lebow, although she does know a lot regarding each case. If you are planning to attend law school, and you like challenges, the take her. Otherwise, I would not recommend taking a class with her. The class consists of one in- class midterm, and a take-home essay.

POL SCI 140C
National Institutions: Supreme Court Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS unless you like spending $200, being overwhelmed by readings, and wasting 4...
Fall Quarter 2016
POL SCI 140C
National Institutions: Supreme Court See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 1.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS unless you like spending $200, being overwhelmed by readings, and wasting 4 hrs/wk of your life. Lebow is a nice lady, but she does not make students feel welcome in seeking help. In one instance, she moved the day of our class and—since a lot of students couldn’t therefore attend—as a result, many students went to her office hours for help. The following class, she yelled at the students because she didn’t “have the time.” She asked for students to get the notes from their group partners, but no one in my group was able to attend the class. In addition, Lebow is biased to the point of blindness. I felt as though she was trying to indoctrinate the class, rather than actually educate her students. One student brought it up in office hours—that she was very biased—and her response was that ‘that is how [she] teaches and only addresses another side if it is raised by a student.’ Even her readings were blatantly biased. I felt very uncomfortable raising my hand in class in fear that my views would conflict with her personal beliefs that she constantly promoted in class. Personally, I didn’t put myself through thousands of dollars of debt to be indoctrinated; I could have gone to a church for that. As an educator, she was supposed to educate us rather than preach to us. She should have given us the pro/cons (better yet, she could have asked students for the pros/cons) of the different judicial ideologies and let students use their own brains to figure out what is best. The readings are beyond unnecessary and excessive, almost compensating for her lack of actual teaching. I would rather have a professor who just lectured off of the slides than listen to professor Lebow talk for two hours. It would have been more productive for us to have 1.25 hours of lecture twice a week & and actual 50 minute discussion class. The discussion would have been more beneficial for students and would give us the ability to actually speak and discuss the material. Most weeks, we had between 300-400 pages of reading. Many of the assigned materials were redundant. For example, we had to read the entire oral argument for Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt AND read a summary of it by Lyle Denison. If I was going to read the entire oral argument for this case, why would it be necessary to read the summary of it too. It seems as though Lebow did not take care in choosing the assigned materials we were required to read—as if she took articles and threw them into the course reader without giving a thought to what was actually important for us to read. Most of the readings were completely unnecessary and did not add any clarification or additional information in regards to the subject. For example, the Bush v. Al Gore reading did not provide me with any important infor and barely discussed the USSC at all. We were required to purchase 3 books, totaling over $200 (and I looked everywhere—ebay, thriftbooks, halfbooks, etc.—to find cheaper versions but were unavailable). It was completely superfluous. She did not explain what she wanted in terms of the midterm, so I spent 15 hours studying 1,000 pages of text for no reason rather, than just studying the court cases. She should have given students a better idea rather than them going in blindly. I shouldn’t have had to go in to office hours just to be told what to expect. Only the people who constantly went to office hours got an A. During the second half of the class, the professor forgot to put up the handouts we were required to read for weeks, putting each student even more behind than he/she was already likely to be. I only missed 2 classes, so it wasn’t for lack of attendance. I love constitutional law so this should have been the class I loved the most... But I hated it because of the lack of actual teaching.

Fall Quarter 2016
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POL SCI 145A
Public Law and Judicial Process: Anglo-American Legal System Full Profile > 3.7 Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
Prof Lebow is very impressive: became a lawyer when women weren't regarded highly in the field,...
POL SCI 145A
Public Law and Judicial Process: Anglo-American Legal System See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.0

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Prof Lebow is very impressive: became a lawyer when women weren't regarded highly in the field, worked for VP Biden, Janet Reno, worked the RANT Corporation and did public and private law. All her classes are intense. She expects you do not only memorize a bunch of cases which will probably be your first time being exposed to law at UCLA but to know the ins and outs, the implications, and connect them to other law cases. She is helpful and welcomes office hours if you go. While she doesn't pick "favorites" she does have a core group of students that tend to participate and go to her office hours and they seem to be doing well but the majority of students seem lost. This class is intense workload and hard grading. She expects you to be super serious. This class is barely political science and mostly law. If you want to get a feel for law I encourage you to take any of her classes in a low work-load quarter and with some friends. I did not get good grades in her class (lowest ever grades at UCLA) but I am not upset with her, mostly just aware that I had way too much going on to fully commit myself hours a week to this class. Her classes are usually 2 hours, no breaks and cover a HUGE range of material. Take it and learn something but remember 1)This is nothing like a Political Science class 2) She grades hard. 3) You NEED friends in the class 4) Be okay with getting a lower grade for putting the same effort in another class 5) Go to her office hours 6)Sit in the front, she has a soft voice 7)Be prepared to really be challenged

POL SCI 145B
Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law -- Separation of Powers Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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POL SCI 145B
Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law -- Separation of Powers See Full Profile

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POL SCI 145C
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POL SCI 145C
Public Law and Judicial Process: Constitutional Law -- Civil Liberties See Full Profile

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POL SCI 149
Special Topics in American Government and Politics Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness
Hands down the best PS professor I've had at UCLA. If you want to actually learn and stay engaged...
POL SCI 149
Special Topics in American Government and Politics See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.7

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Hands down the best PS professor I've had at UCLA. If you want to actually learn and stay engaged in the material take Prof. Lebow. She is truly just a really cool lady who has a great deal of knowledge and cares about her students learning. Her classes are not the kind that are easy As and require no work, which are the types of classes we all love, but instead challenge you to think about the material and offer your own opinion. I have a great deal of respect for Prof. Lebow and I think she is easily the most fair professor/TA/administrator I've come across in my three years at UCLA.

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HNRS 165
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HNRS 165
Women and Literature in Southeastern Europe See Full Profile

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