CAMBRIDGE — The rules were clear. No laptops. Ever.
And everyone would get called on. Elizabeth Warren made sure, leaving nothing to chance in her contracts class. While Warren, always in motion, zipped questions at the 80 first-year students, teaching assistants tracked her using notecards. At the break, they slipped her cards with the names of any students she had missed.
For incoming Harvard Law students accustomed to the comfort of an undergraduate liberal arts seminar, it was a shock to the system. “A cold intellectual shower first thing in the morning,” is how Angela Littwin, a 1L in the fall of 1999, still remembers it.
Warren’s classes required more preparation than most. Students could not defer when she called on them with a question, even if they had not done the reading. The entire hall listening, Warren would stay with them, feeding crumbs of information while continuing to press, habitually pulling her rimless glasses off and on.
Littwin loved it.
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