Loyola Law School
Professor Levenson graduated from UCLA School of Law where she served as the chief articles editor of the UCLA Law Review. After graduation, she served as law clerk to the Honorable James Hunter III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 1981, she was appointed assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Section, in Los Angeles, where she was a trial and appellate lawyer for eight years and attained the position of senior trial attorney and assistant division chief. Levenson was a member of the adjunct faculty of Southwestern University Law School from 1982-89. She joined the Loyola faculty in 1989 and served as Loyola's associate dean for academic affairs from 1996-99.
Laurie Levenson On Law Preview . . .
Why do you teach for Law Preview?
I love teaching for Law Preview because it is a great opportunity to interact with students as they being their law school careers. I can share with them a lifetime of experience and prepare them for what they will face in law school. It is fun and rewarding.
Why is Law Preview better than other modes of preparing for law school?
Law Preview is the perfect way to prepare for law school because it gives an overview of the first year subjects, exposes students to the lecture styles used in law school and introduces the skills needed for law school (e.g., reading, briefing cases, outlining).
Laurie Levenson On Law School . . .
What is the most important skill law students lack when they begin law school that Law Preview teaches?
Students tend to lack the ability to see the forest from the trees. Law Preview helps them see the big picture before they start their classes so they don't get lost.
What are your favorite study aids for the subject-matter you teach at Law Preview?
It will surprise you to know that I like my own study aids: The Glannon Guide To Criminal Law by Laurie Levenson and Roadmap Series: Criminal Law by Laurie Levenson. However, I recognize that there are other fine aids out there, including those published by Josh Dressler.
What is your favorite fiction/non-fiction book for the subject-matter you teach at Law Preview?
Fatal Vision by Joe McGuiness.
What is your favorite casebook for the subject-matter you teach at Law Preview?
Kadish & Schulhofer's, Criminal Law & Its Processes or Criminal Law: Cases, Statutes, and Lawyering Skills by Crump, Cohen, Levenson, Parry & Pether.
What's your favorite thing about teaching the law?
I love the students. It is amazing how much they can teach each other through our classroom discussion. Criminal law is fun and it matters.
Laurie Levenson On Life . . .
What organization are you most proud to have been a part of in law school?
I was Chief Article Editor of the Law Review. I am proud of the work we did.
If you weren't teaching at your school, what would your "other dream job" be?
I loved working as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office. It was a fantastic job and really helped me prepare to teach law school.
What are your 3 favorite websites?
Beatles, Any Motown, Stones.
How do you relax?
What is your favorite quote or saying?
"Last call for a good time ...." I say it before every class!