Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Constitutional Law: 1st Amendment (LAW-605-001)
Stephen Wermiel

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:20 PM (TuTh)

Enrolled: 39 / Limit: 55

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The course surveys the First Amendment as it protects freedom of expression and freedom of religion. The reading and discussion will focus primarily on freedom of speech and the many contexts in which it arises, very briefly on freedom of the press, and finally on the protection for religion that is provided by the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause. Class discussion will seek to foster critical thinking about the role and value of free expression and freedom of religion in our society. Discussion involves not only cases but also issues and policy raised by the Supreme Court’s rulings. The grade for the class is based on a take-home, open-book final exam that students may take five hours to complete any time during the exam period.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The casebook for the course is THE FIRST AMENDMENT: Cases-Comments-Questions 7th edition by Jesse Choper and Fred Schauer, West Academic Publishing, 2019 ISBN# 9781642426854

First Class Readings

Readings for the first week are in the casebook. Copies of these readings will be posted on Canvas in case book orders are running late.


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