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US Constitutional Law (LLM only) (LAW-503-002)
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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There will be two textbooks, along with supplemental materials. The books are: (1) Leading Cases in Constitutional Law: A Compact Casebook for a Short Course, by Choper et al., ISBN# 9780314288837 - Edition: 2013 (2) Simple Justice, by Richard Kluger, ISBN #9781400030613 - Edition: N/A
First Class Readings
Leading Cases in Constitutional Law, pages 1-9, 210-11, 227-28, 243-45, 1095-1110. Kluger, pages 26-27, 40-49. The Federalist Papers #10, #51, #78 (to be provided as supplemental materials). For more details, see the syllabus.
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