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US Constitutional Law (LLM only) (LAW-503-002)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM (T) - Room 503

Enrolled: 34 / Limit: 45


LLM Only


This course will introduce students to some of the foundational concepts and questions of United States constitutional jurisprudence. We will begin by considering the nature and function of a constitution in general, along with prominent methods of constitutional interpretation that have played an important role in American constitutional jurisprudence. We will then consider, as the focus of our study, two core aspects of the U.S. Constitution: its provision for government structure and the allocation of power, and its protections for individual rights.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Richard Kluger, Simple Justice (ISBN 1-4000-3061-7); Choper et al., Leading Cases in Constitutional Law, A Compact Casebook for a Short Course (to be released August 12); and a pack of supplemental materials.

First Class Readings

Please use this list of readings for the first class in place of what's listed in the syllabus below (which is in the process of being updated): -The U.S. Constitution, including all amendments (LCCL Appendix B) -The Federalist #10, #51, #78 (Supp.) -Judicial review and the function of a constitution: Marbury v. Madison (LCCL 1-16) -Enforcing the structure of decisionmaking: INS v. Chadha (LCCL 142-47) "LCCL" refers to Choper et al., Leading Cases in Constitutional Law, A Compact Casebook for a Short Course. "Supp." refers to the packet of supplemental materials available through AU.


The syllabus is available in the following format(s):