Constitutional Law I
Building on the structure investigated in Constitutional Law I, the course explores the concepts of state action, equal protection of the law, freedom of expression, and selected problems under the religion clauses of the First Amendment. This is a survey course that does not—indeed cannot—cover any of these vast subjects in detail.
Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law (3d edition 2009) and 2012 supplement, plus additional readings from 2012-13 term, as assigned.
NOTE: CHEMERINSKY DOES HAVE A NEW (4th) EDITION OF HIS CASEBOOK, BUT YOU CAN RELY ON THE THIRD EDITION FROM CON LAW I, ALONG WITH SUPPLEMENT FROM LAST YEAR (2012). I WILL ALSO ASSIGN EXTRA READINGS OF THE NEWEST CASES (E.G. WINDSOR; FISHER)THAT PERTAIN TO CON LAW II. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Combination of lecture and question and answer format, with expectation of daily close reading of material and participation in discussion as requested.
One short paper (pass/fail) mid-way through course.
Failure to complete or to receive a passing grade on the paper will result in a deduction of 25 points on the final exam score.
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Essay exam. See sample examinations at end of course packet.
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Final exam, plus passing grade on mid-term paper.
Attendance and participation (as requested) are required.