Positions

Overview

  • Sophie M. Sparrow, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, is nationally recognized as an innovative and expert leader in legal education. She focuses her research and scholarship on teaching and learning in law, and has authored or co-authored multiple articles, essays, and seven books, including Teaching Law By Design for Adjuncts (2nd Edition 2017), Teaching Law By Design (2ndEdition 2017), Working Together in Law (2014), What the Best Law Teachers Do (2013), and Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011). She has conducted over 100 workshops for professors, administrators, lawyers, and judges in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, India, Bhutan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan on topics such as active learning, team-based learning, assessment, metacognition, professionalism, professional development, legal education, and legal writing.

    UNH Law Students voted Sophie Sparrow as the 2018 Teacher of the Year, and in 2018 UNH awarded her the university-wide three-year Class of 1938 Professorship Award, which recognizes a UNH faculty member for excellence in teaching. Sparrow won the Inaugural Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism in 2004, taught as a Fulbright Scholar in India in 2012, and has conducted teacher-training programs overseas for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative since 2014. An innovator since she started teaching law in 1998, Professor designed and ran UNH School Law’s writing program for ten years (1998-2008) and helped design UNH Law’s Daniel Webster Scholar Program, an alternative bar exam program integrated into UNH Law's second and third year curriculum. She was one of the founding members of Arizona Summit (formerly Phoenix) School of Law (2005-2006), and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in spring, 2016, and The John Marshall School of Law in spring, 2012.

    To her teaching, Professor Sparrow brings her experience practicing law, directing the UNH School of Law’s Career Services Center and teaching students ages 5 to 60. She learned about the transformative strategy of team-based learning a few years ago, and now uses it in her Torts and Remedies courses. Before joining UNH Law, she worked as a staff attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance and as an associate with a New Hampshire law firm. Her best teachers are her two children.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2012 Can They Work Well on a Team? Assessing Students’ Collaborative SkillsWilliam Mitchell Law Review.  38:1162-1175. 2012
    2012 Team-Based Learning in LawLegal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.  18:153-208. 2012
    2011 Using Individual and Group Multiple-Choice Quizzes to Deepen Students’ LearningElon Law Review.  3:1-26. 2011
    2009 Taking a Small Step Toward More AssessmentsThe Law Teacher.  16:1-2. 2009
    2008 What Helps Law Professors Develop as Teachers? – An Empirical StudyWidener Law Review.  14:149-184. 2008
    2007 Practicing Civility in the Legal Writing Course: Helping Law Students Learn ProfessionalismLegal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.  13:113-158. 2007
    2004 Describing the Ball: Improve Teaching by Using Rubrics - Explicit Grading CriteriaMichigan State Law Review.  2004:1-56. 2004
    2003 Notice Students’ Similarities - Not Differences [with previous generations]The Second Draft, Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute.  10-10. 2003
    2003 Why I TeachThe Law Teacher.  10:16-16. 2003
    2002 Citation Form in New Hampshire: You May Want to Consult the New ALWD ManualNew Hampshire Bar Journal.  43:40-45. 2002
    2001 Giving Women Positive Role ModelsNew Hampshire Bar News2001
    2001 Review of: Pierre Clastres, Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians (Paul Auster, Translator)Risk.  12:339-339. 2001
    2001 Using a Civil Procedure Exam Question to Teach PersuasionThe Second Draft, Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute.  16:12-13. 2001
    1995 Review of: Lawrence J. Kaplan & Rosemarie Tong, Controlling Our Reproductive Destiny: A Technological and Philosophical PerspectiveRisk.  6:89-89. 1995

    Book

    Year Title
    2017 Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts 2017
    2017 Teaching Law by Design: Engaging Students From Syllabus to Final Exam, 2017
    2014 Working Together in Law: Teamwork and Small Group Skills for Legal Professionals 2014
    2013 What the Best Law Teachers Do 2013
    2011 Techniques for Teaching Law 2 2011
    2010 Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts, (1st ed) 2010
    2009 Teaching Law by Design: Engaging Students From Syllabus to Final Exam (1st ed) 2009
    2000 The Lawyer as Supervisor, Manager and Motivator 2000

    Teaching Activities

  • Remedies Taught course 2018
  • Torts Taught course 2018
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2018
  • Writing for Practice Taught course 2018
  • Remedies Taught course 2017
  • Torts Taught course 2017
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2017
  • Writing for Practice Taught course 2017
  • Remedies Taught course 2016
  • Torts Taught course 2016
  • Fundamentals of Law Practice Taught course 2015
  • Writing for Practice Taught course 2015
  • Remedies Taught course 2014
  • Torts Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Government & Politics, Harvard University
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • Full Name

  • Sophie Sparrow