University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Sophie M. Sparrow

Professor of Law

Sophie M. Sparrow is a professor of law and the former director of the Legal Writing Program (1998-2008). Sparrow focuses her work on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and was recognized in 2012 as one of the most influential people in US legal Education. A graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School, Sparrow is a co-author of What the Best Law Teachers Do (2013), Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011), Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts (2010), Teaching Law by Design (2009). She has conducted more than 75 workshops and presentations on teaching, professionalism, assessment, and writing to professors, judges, and lawyers at AALS  Meetings, numerous law schools, and national conferences hosted by the Institute for Law School Teaching, and the Legal Writing Institute’ among others. She is a consultant for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, and a Visiting Professor at The John Marshall School of Law in the fall of 2012.

In 2004, she won the Inaugural Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism.  In the spring of 2012, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Law University in Jodhpur, India. She taught Indian tort law, gave teaching presentations to Indian law school faculty in Jodhpur, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, and Patiala, and presented a paper for an education conference in Bhutan. She previously helped design New Hampshire’s alternative to the bar exam, the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, and served as one of the founding members of Phoenix School of Law. She learned about the transformative strategy of team-based learning a few years ago, now uses it in her Torts, Remedies, and Writing for Practice courses.

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 50. Before joining the former Pierce Law in 1991, she worked as a staff attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance, representing very low-income clients and as an associate with a New Hampshire law firm.

Her two best teachers are her children.

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