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Barry Matsumoto
Professor in the Law department
at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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Overall Quality
2.5
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
3.4
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31 Student Ratings
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01/11/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Prop001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Matsumoto is a cool guy and tells some hilarious stories. The best part about Matsumoto is that you don't have to show up. I skipped literally every single class after October and managed a B in his property class. Expect to teach yourself with supplements.

11/01/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Prop0002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Matsumoto doesn't cold-call you, and doesn't use the socratic method (often). A lot of people believe they are above this more undergraduate style of teaching, so they come to class and take either no notes, or terrible notes... then wine because he is unclear. Matsumoto is very smart and very entertaining if you come in open minded..

08/15/2011
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ConL33 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Learn the algorithms and go to the class before spring break. It is really easy if you do those two things.

02/10/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Prop1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A lot of people panic b/c he doesn't cover a ton of material in class. Just do the reading, study the hornbook like crazy, and try to apply his mathematical approach to the subject. Other than that, just sit back and enjoy (or don't bother showing up at all).

12/17/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Prop001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

In this life we all should all be so lucky to be like Barry Matsumoto. Wear cargo shorts and ratty shirts to work every day, mumble incoherently in lecture, publish once every 20 years, relate amusing anecdotes while yelling, never answer student emails, regurgitate the text and call it teaching, all while making six figures. Must be a great life.

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