University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Sophie M. Sparrow - Biography

Professor of Law
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AB, Harvard University
JD, Harvard Law School


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Sophie M. Sparrow is nationally recognized as an innovative leader in legal education, being named one of the one of the 25 most influential leaders in legal education in 2012 and 2013.

The co-author of books on teaching law, including Working Together in Law (2014), What the Best Law Teachers Do (2013), Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011), Teaching Law By Design for Adjuncts (2010), and Teaching Law By Design (2009), she won the Inaugural Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism in 2004, taught as a Fulbright Scholar in India in 2012, and worked with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Jordan in 2014.

Since 2002, she has conducted over 100 workshops for professors, administrators, lawyers, and judges in the US, Canada, India, Bhutan, Mexico and Jordan on topics such as active learning, team-based learning, assessment, metacognition, professionalism, professional development, legal education, and legal writing.

An innovator since she started teaching law in 1998, Sophie designed and ran UNH Law’s writing program for ten years (1998-2008), helped design UNH Law’s Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, and was one of the founding members of Arizona Summit (formerly Phoenix) School of Law.

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, now uses it in her Torts, Remedies, and Writing for Practice courses.

Before joining the former UNH Law in 1991, 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.