Sophie M. Sparrow
- AB, Harvard University
- JD, Harvard Law School
- Fundamentals of Law Practice
General Areas of Interest, Scholarship, Research, & Practice
• Teaching techniques • Law school assessment • Curricular design
Sophie M. Sparrow, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School, spring 2016, 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, 2013, and 2014.
She has co-authored five books on teaching law, including Working Together in Law (2014), What the Best Law Teachers Do (2013), Teaching Law By Design for Adjuncts (2010), Teaching Law By Design (2009), and Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011). She has conducted over 100 workshops for professors, administrators, lawyers, and judges in the US, Canada, 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.
Sophie 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 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 several of her courses: Torts, Remedies, Fundamentals of Law Practice, and Writing for Practice courses. Before joining 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.
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. She focuses her work on the scholarship of teaching and learning.