UNC law professor Donald Hornstein has taught UNC students many lessons — but the one that has made him famous is that the law is anything but dry.
Hornstein was one of 26 law professors featured in “What the Best Law Teachers Do,” published in August by the Harvard University Press.
Michael Schwartz, dean of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock law school, co-authored the book.
Schwartz said he began considering candidates five years ago before settling on 26 professors to profile.
“We wanted to study people who could demonstrate that they had an extraordinary long-term effect,” Schwartz said. “One thing (Hornstein’s) students said over and over again is that he was the best teacher they had ever had.”
In addition to his graduate courses, he teaches an undergraduate environmental law and policy class every spring, Environmental Studies 350.
“Very few law professors ever teach undergraduates — Carolina is one of the few places in the country where this happens,” Hornstein said.
Sophomore Anurag Angara took the course last year and said Hornstein was unique.
“(He) genuinely likes undergrads,” he said. “He thinks we have a lot of potential so he reaches out to us and offers us a lot of really cool opportunities.”