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Professor Fink is one of the best professors at UCLA.I took four classes with him (Comm. 164, 184, 167, and 172). All were very engaging and thought provoking. Not only do you learn about important legal principles, but you also get to apply them to different hypotheticals in class and on the tests. He is extremely knowledgeable and you can tell he cares about his students. He may seem intimidating in the beginning, but once you get to know him, he is one of the most helpful and fair professors you'll meet.
He is extremely fair and states right from the start that he does not like to trick students. For 167 and 172, there was a midterm and final. The midterm was optional, but was recommended as it could only help you. If you did better on the midterm than on the final, the midterm would count for 40% of your grade. If you participate, you also get a one grade boost (from an A to an A+, for example). As you can see, it's hard to not do well as there are many opportunities to raise your grade.
I would absolutely recommend taking his classes. If you can take all four classes he usually offers in the year, including summer, do it!
I took Communications M172 Free Speech in the Workplace with Professor Fink. I've also taken Free Speech on Campus and an Entertainment Law class as well with him. Overall his classes challenge you to really analyze the material he gives you. Throughout his classes he provides numerous hypotheticals, challenging you to apply to legal concepts you have learned from the cases.
Professor Fink tackles controversial issues while he plays devils advocate throughout classroom discussions. His style of teaching appropriately suites the classroom and its' context as it causes students to critically analyze everyday controversies from a legal perspective.
His class, Free Speech in the Workplace, provides students with information that is particularly useful as the legal concepts we learn pertain to the workfield and our rights as future or present employees/employers.
Another great aspect of this class is Professor Fink's willingness to help out his students to the best of his ability not only as a professor but also as a mentor. Throughout his lectures he is constantly giving out advice to students for their future careers and he is readily available to answer questions outside of the classroom as well.
If you have the opportunity to take one of his classes, take them. You will NOT regret it.
Professor Fink provides a class environment that asks students to think broadly about cases, along with the implications and constitutionality of court decisions.
He unpacks many hot topics in US society, and engages students to consider how to apply concepts to other life situations, citing seminal cases.
Moreover, Professor Fink is a high profile lawyer who has represented many challenging cases, and won – he knows his stuff. He shares his legal knowledge and genuinely cares about the trajectory of student’s future goals. Honestly, I expected his classes to be mind-numbing, but instead, I found them to be thought-provoking and stimulating!
Professor Fink taught me how to think about a case from a position of Constitutionality, not just emotion and cognitive bias. I enjoyed debated on current social and political issues, and arguing my position in class. BTW, debating is something I do with people I know, not strangers, but it was fun! Also, he is extremely fair in his grading policy, as well.
I highly recommend taking Comm 164, 171, 172, and 184 with Professor Fink he’s AWESOME.!.!.!
I have no idea what everyone here is talking about, Fink is an amazing Professor but he is far from an easy A. The "rampant cheating" happened one quarter when unscrupulous students decided to take advantage of the Professor. Taking a class with Keith Fink is the best thing I did my entire time at UCLA, I highly suggest everyone do the same and learn some useful real life knowledge. It's a shame UCLA doesn't have more caring Professor's like him. It's even more of a shame that a Professor who isn't an asshole with grading is considered the easiest A ever. Just because you can get an A when you do the work doesn't mean it's easy.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND - Professor Fink’s Comm172 Free Speech in the Workplace class. Overall the class experience is well structured and engaging. The hypothetical cases are challenging, but he teaches you to apply legal concepts, which he explains throughout his lectures and readings.
Furthermore, Professor Fink introduces controversial topics that call for deeper evaluation, which he wants to ellicit student’s responses throughout classroom discussions. In fact, after class there is usually a long line of students wanting to ask even more questions, which he kindly stays after and answers. He’s very generous with his time, thus, showing his genuine concern for students!
His style of teaching Free Speech in the Workplace, provides students useful the legal concepts pertaining to workplace conflicts and worker rights. This is enormously helpful to students, since we will all be employees or employers after we graduate. Did I mention Professor Fink is a legal expert in employment law.!. So, students are learning from “a legal expert in employment law!”
I give Professor Fink’s Comm 172 class, A Five Star rating.!. AWEsome.!.
one of the best decisions i ever made at ucla was taking all of finks classes. during summer, theres 164 entertainment law and 184 arguing contemporary social issues (debate class). for winter/spring, 167 free speech on campus and 172 free speech in workplace.
164 and 184 were cool because fink invites his friends who are prominent people in the "real world" to guest lecture. my favorite class was 172 because it is basically an intro to employment law and anyone who is working can immediately start putting classroom knowledge to real world use.
167 and 172 are scheduled once a week, three hours with 1 midterm and 1 final, and comprehensive review of test materials the week before and after. despite what everyone says about the "easy" a, you have to at least have a general grasp of the concepts and read through the cases to be prepared because the tests are not easy; they are curved. and for the a+, you have to participate! thats why there you will see pre-law school "gunners" in class that talk all the time (because an a+ is a 4.33 for law school applicant gpa calculations)
fink is the preeminent employment lawyer in la and highly knowledgable and respected, but that shouldnt intimidate you. he is very nice to all his students, mentors them, and wants everyone to succeed. make sure to actually read the assigned cases for the test and for the "pre-law" students also the "cases of interest". finks style and socratic method will definitely prepare you for law school (some of his past students are now at ucla law, usc gould, berkeley boalt).
tl;dr fink is a smart lawyer that teaches great classes at ucla. take all of them.
Ever thought about sharpening your argument skills, while learning to form your own opinion about today's "HOT Contemporary Social Issues?"
Then Professor Fink's Comm 184 class is a must for YOU! You'll learn to craft sound reasons for and against issues like Prostitution, Sex Trafficking, Abortion, Same Sex Marriage, Death Penalty and Gun Control.
Furthermore, the skills you learn in this class will "play forward in many other classes at UCLA." Taking this class is fun and engaging, and teaches how to argue by supporting your point from sound sources.
Especially interesting are the perspectives that other students choose to argue on HOT Button issues like Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Gun Control. It was cool to argue from a different perspective than my actual opinion, which taught me to keep an open mind.
Professor Fink is a prominent Los Angeles Attorney and author, and was a National Debate Champion at UCLA. Also, he has loads of knowledge and shares it with the class. You can do well in his class, just do the readings, attend lectures, and engage in the debates - you'll be glad you took this class.!.
Professor Fink's Comm 184 class gets a Five Star Rating from me - so take my advice and Just Do It!
I did 164 during Summer Session A and I was a little worried as I had minimal law background and zero background on law in America. Attending his lectures and really listening to what he has to say helped me a lot. His teachings are really practical and really helps you understand. Professor Fink is also one of the most dynamic teachers that I have had and he really does care about his students. If you have any difficulty understanding anything, he is willing and happy to help.
Entertainment Law with Professor Fink is one of the most engaging, rewarding and compelling units I have undertaken. As an Australian law student, Professor Fink is entirely distinct form any other law lecturer I have interacted with. His passion and expertise in business and law is extremely motivational. The socratic method of lecturing is used to challenge students and encourage voicing and scrutinising of ideas. Upon request, Professor Fink provided the opportunity to spend some time at Fink & Steinberg and provide a letter of reference for vacation work applications. Professor Fink is a fierce lawyer, engaging professor and demonstrates genuine intent to help all his students in every way that he can.