James Ketchen - Laurentian University of Sudbury

Professor: James Ketchen
Department: Law
College: Laurentian University of Sudbury
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
First prof Ive had who empathizes with reality of life. He is willing to go the extra mile to help his students. All you need to do is communicate. Pay attention to due dates and quiz dates. He doesnt remind you. His motto: If you dont ask, you wont receive. So ask. He is generous.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: JURI2107
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Ketchen is a PERFECT professor to have. He is one of the few professors who actually cares about his students. Although law is normally boring, Ketchen tries his best to make it interesting. Attendance is not mandatory either, which allows you to be independant and flexible. You are graded the effort you give. Outline/Criteria is straight forward.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: JURL1105
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
probably one of the weakest professors i have had. not a bad person, but not cut out to teach. I found the lectures dry and he seems to lose track of what he is talking about half the time. Do not take unless you have to.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: JUR1105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Ketchen is a good guy, easy to talk to outside of class. He rambles from time to time; however, if you take notes during the lectures you'll be fine for tests/exam. Isn't the easiest of markers so be sure you understand the information to a decent extent.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's a funny guy, however, goes off on tangents during the lectures. You don't always realize when he says something important because he kinda rants. Take notes as much as possible, and don't just depend on the textbook because it's hard to read and understand.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hes a funny guy. His tests arent bad and the essay paper is alright. If you listen and study the notes youll be fine.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Rambles on a lot in lectures, and often repeats key aspects. If you pay attention to what he says during lectures, you'll do fine. Textbooks are hard to understand but did fine with simply studying notes he provided as well as notes taken during class. Was funny and tried to joke around to lighten the mood.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Readings required for this course were very difficult to understand - did not tell us what material Quiz 1 and 2 covered - when asked no response was given. Extremely tough course; did all readings, and extensive research and additional readings but i just found this course to be very dry and poorly executed. certain surprises on the final exam.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I really like Professor Ketchen, but I did not like his class. Not liking his class had nothing to do with his teaching style, I just found the content very dry. I do not recommend taking an intro law class unless you have to.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
James Ketchen is an excellent teacher. You absolutely need to be in class and following the lecture and he is always willing to clarify is necessary. He makes his material interesting if you give it a chance. He is very fair with grading and forthcoming with assistance regarding assignment. My favourite teacher by far!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ketchen is looking for students to engage in the material with him, laugh at the cheesy jokes he loves to make and make a point for him to get to know your name you are more likely to have a good experience. He hates long lectures especially if he teaching an afternoon class. You have to find the readings yourself rather than him tell you.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He's very unorganized in his thinking and lectures. He's kinda funny but his ramblings go on. You're honestly better off to just read the material.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I found Ketchen to be relatable, funny and a fair marker. The course is definitely not an easy A, but if you stay on top of your work, study and don't procrastinate, you'll be fine. He does tend to ramble off a lot though so make sure you're only writing out the key information that he mentions in his lectures.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He keeps the mood light which is nice but he often gets off topic and rambles.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1105
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
After reading many of these reviews I was nervous to take his class but I was pleasantly surprised. Some cons are that the readings are extremely difficult and he had a hard time staying on track but I also found him funny and relate-able and a completely fair marker.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: JURI1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Unfit to teach dumb animals.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: JURI4
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ketchen, well he's got a crap sense of textbook/readings since they are impossible to read and I understood more of the latin than the actualy English. Also, completely useless, good luck going to him for help, he'll laugh at you, subtley call you an idiot and give you some more unreadable articles to help you understand the other unreadable ones.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: LAW1015
  • 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:
Tough but fair.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: JURI0000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Clearly more interested in being Union President than teaching students a thing. Often late or absent from class without warning. You will waste time showing up to campus to find out that he is not coming on more than one occasion. Read your text and feed him some philosophical **** or wear a Led Zeppelin t-shirt, either way you will get a B.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: LAW1106
  • 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:
Absolutely horrible prof. Teaches was too fast; it is a struggle to keep up to him while trying to take notes. Gets very annoyed with and insults students who ask for greater detail. Tells everybody they'll fail the class if they don't buy the course text, which costs $90+ and is a bunch of photocopies...and then doesn't use it once! Avoid him!
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