Teaching Interests:

  • Doctrinal:  Contracts, Torts, Remedies, Business Associations, Bankruptcy.
  • Advanced Courses: Corporations and Society, Corporate Finance, Contract Design.

Teaching Experience:

Below is a list of courses that I have taught or assisted in teaching. A detailed description of the courses, my roles, and complete teaching evaluations are below.

Course Role University Year Evaluation
Contract Design Lecturer UCLA Law School 2020 (J-term) 4.8 / 5 (Evaluations)
Contract Design Lecturer ETH Zurich 2019 4.9 / 5 (Evaluations)
Finance and Society TA (Anat Admati) Stanford GSB 2019
Economic Analysis of the Law TA (Mitch Polinsky) Stanford Law School 2019 4.8/5 (Evaluations)
Economic Analysis of the Law TA (Mitch Polinsky) Stanford Law School 2018 4.9/5 (Evaluations)
Economic Analysis of the Law TA (Mitch Polinsky) Stanford Law School 2017
Foundations of Political Economy TA (Steve Callander) Stanford GSB 2014
Ethics in Management TA (Neil Malhotra) Stanford GSB 2014

Select Student Comments from Evaluations

  • “One of the best instructors I’ve had in law school. Dr. Atkinson explained things clearly and his is very engaging in class.” (UCLA Law 2020 – Contract Design)
  • “Nate was awesome at explaining complex concepts. I love how he slowed down the subjects and really went through everything step by step with us as a class. He’s going to be a fantastic professor.” (UCLA Law 2020 – Contract Design)
  • “Nate was an excellent instructor. He is very friendly, always signals positivity and passion for his subject. I really enjoyed his way of teaching, because he always focused teaching on the essential and most important things. Due to this and his, in my opinion, perfect speed of teaching, you always had to and wanted to pay attention and never lost focus. After the lesson I immediately felt that I learned a lot and that I really understood the content. It was a long time ago, that I enjoyed lectures so much!” (ETH Zurich 2019 – Contract Design)
  • “The teaching done by Dr. Atkinson is one of the best I ever gotten to enjoy” (ETH Zurich 2019 – Contract Design)
  • Knowledgeable – Nate provided great section material to reinforce what we learned in lecture. Helpful – willing to help students out with extra work, help students out with their career/future plans.  Kind – showed a genuine interest in students lives! ” (Stanford Law School 2019, Economic Analysis of the Law)
  • Any institution would be privileged to have Nate on their teaching team.” (Stanford Law School 2019, Economic Analysis of the Law)
  • Nate is an angel!” (Stanford Law School 2018, Economic Analysis of the Law)

Courses 

Contract Design

UCLA Law School – JTerm 2020

ETH Zurich – Fall 2019

This course takes an engineering approach to contracting. It aims to bridge the gap between economic contract theory, contract law scholarship and the drafting of real world contracts.

The Class consists of 3 Modules:

Module 1: Contract Theory & Contract Design: The first part of the class consists in theoretical lectures aimed at equipping students with heuristic tools on how to write contracts. To this end, students will be made familiar with the key concepts of economic and behavioral contract theory.
Module 2: Drafting Contracts: The second part of the class initiates students to contract drafting, by analyzing and marking up real world contracts.
Module 3: Structuring a Complex Contract for a (hypothetical) Client Organization: The third part of the class will subdivide the class into groups. Each group will be presented with a complex real world deal or case study.

Role: Lecturer. Fully designed and co-taught the class with Alexander Stremitzer. Prepared lessons, delivered lectures, prepared and graded assignments and exams.

Teacher Evaluation Scores

  • Average (median) Teaching Evaluation Score : 4.9/5 (5/5)

Student Evaluations

Economic Analysis of the Law (LAW 7502 / PUBPOL 302B) 

Winter 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019

This course for JD students and public policy graduate students covers the field of law and economics. The focus is on how legal rules can correct market failures. Contents include property law, contract law, torts, criminal liability, and the general structure of the law.

Role: Course Assistant for Professor Mitch Polinsky. Attended lectures, prepared and delivered section reviews, held office hours, prepared and graded assignments and exams.

Teacher Evaluation Scores

  • JD Students – Average (median) Teaching Evaluation Score : 4.9/5 (5/5)
  • Public Policy Students – Average (median) Teaching Evaluation Score : 4.8/5 (5/5)

Student Evaluations

Finance and Society (FINANCE 332)

Winter 2018-2019

This course is for MBA students, and draws interdisciplinary graduate students from throughout the university. The course covers the economic, political, and behavioral forces that affect the financial system and society more broadly.

Role: Course Assistant for Professor Anat Admati. Attended lectures, held office hours, prepared and graded assignments and exams.

Foundations of Political Economy (POLECON 680)

This course is for PhD students in at the Graduate School of Business. The course covers introductory material in political economy with a focus on formal models of collective choice, public institutions, and political competition.

Role: Course Assistant for Professor Steve Callander. Graded problem sets and met with students to answer questions about the material.

Ethics in Management (GSBGEN 208)

This course is for first year MBA students at the Graduate School of Business. The course explores the ethical duties and dilemmas faced by managers and organizations.

Role: Course Assistant for Professor Neil Malhotra. Graded essays and final exams and held office hours to cover the material.

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