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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.

11/23/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CONLAW Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If you attend Iowa Law, you have to take Moto - if nothing else for the experience. That being said, his class is a molotov cocktail of: (a) thinly veiled digs indicative of his low opinion of law students in general (c) incoherent mumblings/rants and (d) occasional moments of lucid insight. Remeber, he's much smarter than you give him credit for.

09/24/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
LAW132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is absolutely confusing. While he may use the Socratic method well, you can't tell if he is using it or not.

05/14/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
conlaw Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Matsumoto is not for everyone. He's not the prof for you if you want to cover the course material quickly and study for the test. He's a great professor if you want to really think through the law and understand some of its inherent contradictions. Brilliant, sometimes hard to follow, but a true professor, not just a teacher.

03/27/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
ConLa101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This professor sort of wanders during his lectures, sometimes it seems as if he's just trying to kill time. Class can be occasionally entertaining but don't plan on learning much, we read maybe an eighth of the textbook, which can be a good or a bad thing.

02/08/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Proddaf Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's not a traditional law professor but he's very intelligent, irreverent, and entertaining.

11/21/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLI Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His mumbled explanations are always either inaudible, irrelevant, or unenlightening. Class is a waste of time. Some people like him because they benefit from the randomness of the grading, but he is the worst professor I've ever had in college or law school.

11/13/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
conI Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Really funny and easy going. He does get off topic but thats ok because his exam is predictable. He was the most fun law prof i have had. His method of interpreting and charting cases is helpful.

10/18/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CON1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

when he actually speaks on point, he is awesome. no rational basis for grading. expect to be challenged--in a weird way. very 'laxed. man w/character. has a sense of humor but fluctuates in his effectiveness. Exam is random, likes to cite random citations---a lot!

08/22/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
State101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Barry is the man and some students just can't handle that. If you're a psycho and are only concerned about your grade and need arbitrary evaluations of your relative intellectual status to validate your existence, Barry isn't for you. If you're looking to learn something and have a good time doing it, take his classes.

01/18/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Con Law I Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He showed no interest in teaching. Perhaps he shouldn't be paid to do so. The fact that many students tolerate him because he demands nothing of them reflects poorly on them, and says nothing more.

12/20/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Property II Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very laid back and tells great stories. Sometimes difficult to figure out what he is expecting but it's a nice change of pace.

06/14/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Con Law I Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

A horrible professor, often incoherent, so far out of touch with reality one is left to wonder how this professor who is still not tenured can remain at Iowa. Structure of class, exam, and final grades appear to be random.

05/13/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
Con Law I Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Worst class I took. Should not be teaching law, should be surfing on some beach. May be "cool" to hang out with but avoid his class at all cost. Boring beyond belief. Unclear. Rambles. Takes forever to get to any point. Useless. Have to teach yourself.

04/04/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Con Law I Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

In Con Law II, Bonfield taught everything you were suppose to learn in Con Law I with Matsu, and he did it in a week. Matsu doesn't care if you understand and is a horrid teacher.

03/17/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
con law I Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Barry is probably the coolest professor you will ever have, but at the same time the WORST professor you will ever have. Grading is completely random as are his “lectures”. A good professor to take an early morning class with, but honestly… this guy has NO business teaching law.

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