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Instructor: Calvin Pang

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LAW504, Fall 2013
LAW504, Fall 2012

Calvin Pang: LAW504, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 504 - Legal Practice I Crn (Section): 74711 (009)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 6 1.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
My first and last impression of Professor Pang's course was the same: exceptional. His patience encouraged all to participate but he never compromised quality or took shortcuts in his reasonings. His ability to remember each student's level of engagement and understanding was apparent in his comments and responses, demonstrating a true talent for promoting intellectual growth in an audience as diverse as we were. His syllabus, assignments, and classes were paced perfectly to challenge us firmly without overwhelming. In retrospect, I sense that Professor Pang was able to recognize our growth in understanding every week and adapted accordingly in his instruction. Personally, I was able to question and refine my own thought process vastly in this short semester and I give full credit to Professor Pang in that regard.
I really enjoyed this course, probably even more so because Professor Pang was teaching it. He was always very clear and thoughtful in his teaching and style. He was very kind and generous in class, and was never dismissive of any students' ideas. He also made a point to discuss the assignment problems in class so that all of us had a good starting point for our drafts, and then to hold office hours during evening hours before deadlines so that we could meet with him before finalizing our assignments for any last minute questions we had or major problems we were having difficult resolving. I think that one of the reasons I may have enjoyed this class as well is because in comparison to Civ Pro and Con Law where it all depends upon one final at the end, it was the only other class where you were able to receive constructive criticism and feedback throughout the semester. On another note, while I understand that the textbooks and readings may have served as a jumping off point for class discussion, once you get into the memos and papers, they seemed somewhat pointless for the class. Plenary also did not add much to the small sections as well.
I thought that having so many missed classes after papers were due was not very helpful. I would have appreciated more class time and perhaps in-class writing exercises to further learning. Even though I know I have learned more skills in this past semester of legal writing, I still do not feel very prepared for next semester and whatever the future semesters of law school might have in store.
Legal Practice with Prof. Pang's small section was very intellectually stimulating and challenging at the same time. I feel that this course has given me a strong foundation to build my legal writing skills upon. Prof. Pang was always very precise and clear with his instructions. Most importantly, he was very approachable and organized, which made all the difference for me when it came to the challenging new topics. The only thing that I would suggest for legal practice is to integrate this course more with the Legal Research more. It was nice to not have to research for the first two problems; however, it would have been helpful to use the same problem set for the materials covered in Legal Research as well. Overall, Legal Practice with Prof. Pang is by far my most favorite course this semester and I have learned a great deal from him. The material (each of the three Problems) were appropriate for skill building for me. It did not find it too easy, nor find it too challenging to achieve my objectives.
Professor Pang is excellent. He is dedicated to the course and his students. He gives very helpful and detailed feedback to his students on all of our work and gives us the tools we need to succeed. I feel that my writing has improved exponentially and I am personally and professionally grateful to him.
The course provided very good skill development. The format of small groups was very good. It was conducive to good discussion to ensure that we were able to absorb the concepts presented. The problem sets and timing of the due dates were appropriate for the course level and the amount of credits. Professor Pang is not only well-versed in the subject matter but more importantly he is an excellent teacher. He was firm in keeping us on track and accountable to learning objectives while maintaining a positive, congenial environment.
19. Other comments:
Professor Pang was great. Every time I came to class, I felt very welcome and was therefore willing to share my thoughts and ideas even though I could be wrong. I appreciated his thorough feedback on my assignments and in one-on-one conferences. I also dropped by unannounced on a couple of occasions to his office, and he was always very quick to put his work aside to talk to me. Even though I currently do not have much interest in his specialties, I would definitely like taking another class with Professor Pang or at least recommend my classmates and future students to take his classes.

Calvin Pang: LAW504, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 504 - Legal Practice I Crn (Section): 75088 (004)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.57 7 1.62 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 1 (14%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Very detaled comments, very helpful instructions.
I found Professor Pang to be well-prepared, thoughtful and clear in his discussions, and extremely knowledgeable on the legal writing process. He engaged the entire class and we, his students, truly respected and admired him. His passion for the law and for his students was conveyed very clearly, and he was genuinely interested in helping us grow as writers.
Professor Pang was an amazing instructor and I was very lucky to have him my first semester of law school.
The dynamic of my LP section was incredible, but I would have preferred if the research and the papers had been more integrated (maybe build the closed universe for the papers together in the research part of the class)
Professor Pang is an amazing teacher!
19. Other comments:
Professor Pang is really invested in his students. He takes a lot of time out of his schedule to meet with us to help us improve. He gives thorough (yet gentle) comments. He really wants to see us succeed and I really appreciated that.
I am really disappointed that we don't get to stay in the same sections with our professors. I look forward to taking other classes with Professor Pang.