Gerry MacDonald - Thomas Cooley Law School

Professor: Gerry MacDonald
Department: Law
College: Thomas Cooley Law School
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CIV1
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Absolutely boring.. Lecture heavy and it's hard to follow.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CIV2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Excellent prof. He has a nice command of the class, no nonsense type of guy. He is very clear in what he wants you to know, has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and he is a fair grader.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CIV000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This guy is awesome!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CVPR1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very boring, no visual aids. He's knows his stuff but he's so boring! He got way behind with us and didn't teach the appeals process at all. He also old-school and gets angry at the whole class if people don't answer questions. Do the problems and read the notes...
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CIVI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
It took me nine weeks to figure out what he was talking about. The class really will make no sense until the end. Once you get the outline just keep going over and over it until you can recite it in your sleep. That's what makes the exam so easy. I would take him again now that I know what to expect.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CIVP1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Loves the subject he teaches and teaches it in a very straight forward manner. Will answer your questions in class and if you come up to him during a break or immediately after class. On a Final, he will expect you to teach the subject back to him. If you thoroughly study the subject the whole term, you should do well.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CVPRO1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He loves what he teaches, but class can be very confusing. The exam was fair.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CIVP2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Personally, I did not care for his teaching style. Civ Pro is not the easiest or the most interesting subject in law school, however the mac man tried to make it tolerable. I did not do well in his class, and I have a decent GPA. My bluebook was bleeding :( Anyway, he isn't the worst choice, but not the best either.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPRII
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best profs I have had at Cooley so far. I'll admit I was discouraged at first because he doesn't mess around. Brief your cases, you WILL be called on! But all in all, his exam was the best I've taken because it was very straightforward. If you know your stuff, you will feel like you are on top of the world walking out of his exam.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CPII22
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great Professor! Book briefing will not get you an A. Always be prepared with case briefs; clear understanding of the procedural history and what the dissent said as well. Read old Blue Books, he is big on the statutory language of the FRCP. Chart out the rules and discovery and you'll do well.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPRI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great Prof. If you want to really learn Civ Pro I this is the guy to take. Some upper termers claim that he is a GPA KILLER. I personally got an A just because he drills the entire class on the same subject over and over again until its embedded in your brain. If you pick up his outline with the diagrams from the SBA office, it is WORD FOR WORD
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPROI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good professor, not sure what prior comment was about. The majority of essay was on the first 6 weeks!!! Really liked him, explained a lot in class, just keep up with the material. Makes the most out of a boring subject. Test very straight forward!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CIV1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Drop him right away. Spent the first 6 weeks of class on material irrelevant to the exam! Many A students that take him get a C. So if your a B student, probably best get ready to use a void grade.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPR2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I learned everything from an SBA outline. His exam covered material from the one make-up class we had. The dean even told my friend he was one of the hardest graders at Cooley. Seems like a nice guy outside of class tho.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPRII
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His class is tough - MacD expects a lot from his students, but will not call on anyone individually. If you take good notes and get a detailed outline and drill it over and over, you can do well. Despite all the negative press he gets, he does a "great" job teaching the law. MacD is a great Prof.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPR1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
i really liked macdonald. a lot of people don't but he goes through the rules and concepts very thoroughly. civ pro 1 isn't the easiest thing on the planet but his test was fair. he is very big on certain phrases he likes but if you know them, he loves it. i learned a lot from him and wish i would have had him for civ pro 2.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPR2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great Prof! Take him. Fair exam, no surprises. Does not call on students.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPR15
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor greatly misinforms students... be very cautious when told that something won't be on the test.. he lies... also, studying on your own... show up.. do your best to ace the exam; however, drop and find any other professor if you can
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPRII
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
McDonald is a great professor...If you have questions ask he will gladly guide you in the right direction. He teaches well...take notes and be sure to pay close attention to the subject matter he stresses in class because it will be on the exam. Overall he knows how to teach students and you will come out from his class having learned something.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CIVPRII
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good professor. Civ. Pro II is hard in itself and heavily rule-based subject. He gives clear explanations. Take good notes and you will be fine. Exam is very fair, although MQs are hard.
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