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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cruising the Classrooms

Ben Stein
Tom Cruise recently
visited an Entertainment Law class at Harvard, and students were understandably excited. Although Cruise is known around the world, classroom guests who are not as famous can also add a boost of energy to an otherwise humdrum session. When I was a law student, Ben Stein was an adjunct, and I recall visiting his class because my classmates raved about his teaching style and the humorous Bueller voice. That day, someone had brought in candy, and a bag was being passed around. Since I wasn’t famous, my presence went unnoticed by everyone – except Stein. He stopped lecturing and asked, “Are you in my class?” I replied, “No, but I’ve heard some great things and thought I might visit.” He then said, “Someone pass this brilliant young lady the bag of candy.” Everyone laughed, and class went on as usual. So, my question for the day is, what’s your policy on guests in the classroom?

Posted by Kelly Anders on October 20, 2009 at 02:17 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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On 3 occasions I can remember, I have had parents sit in.
On 2 of those occasions, the parents de-briefed me afterward at my request. They appreciated having a window into what their son/daughter was experiencing. The third occasion, unbeknownst in advance, I had a parent who was an appellate state court judge join us. Yikes! She was very kind.

Posted by: David Friedman | Oct 22, 2009 3:00:27 AM

I generally ignore them, but maybe now I'll do what Stein did: ask them what their story is.

Posted by: Lester Hunt | Oct 22, 2009 12:10:15 AM

Guests are always welcome, except when they are taking notes on my performance.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Oct 20, 2009 4:34:47 PM

Most of our classrooms have opaque doors. Sometimes students open them when class is in session.

"Come in," I cry. "You might learn something!"

They flee.

Posted by: Michael Froomkin | Oct 20, 2009 3:21:05 PM

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