Valerie Lovely

Assistant Professor
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In Their Own Words

"I teach Legal Aspects and Advanced Contract Negotiation, so it's all legal language, and I just try to break it down into plain English so that students understand what I'm talking about. And I draw a lot of diagrams."

"When they get a contract and are skimming through it, I want them to know when they need to talk to an attorney. I don't want them to feel like, 'I took Legal Aspects; I don't need a lawyer.' I want them to have enough knowledge to know when something doesn't feel right, and I want them to be able to have a more informed conversation with their attorney."

"My approach to lawyering is: I educate. Some people just say, 'Sign this; don't sign this. This is a good deal; this is a bad deal. I'll figure it out for you; you don't have to think about it.' That's not my thing. I want you to be educated, to understand what you're signing, and make an informed decision about what's right for you and what's not."

"I started teaching for a couple years ago. It's an interesting format. We have a one-hour chat per week; that's where the class really comes alive. I think of the chat as being that time before class and after class where you either corner the teacher alone and ask questions that you didn't want to ask in front of the class or you raise your hand and you ask questions that other people are going to want to know, too. There's a little bit of both of those in it. It's usually students who are doing something else full time, and this is what they're squeezing in part time. Life happens. I've had students from all over the world, but they all have something in common. They want to learn legal aspects."