Constitutional Law: 1st Amendment (LAW-605-001)
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The course surveys the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech and also introduces basic concepts of 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 in our society.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The course uses a custom edition of the First Amendment materials from Chemerinsky's Con Law casebook. The custom book is printed by Aspen Wolters Kluwer with Prof. Wermiel listed as editor. Because it is custom-published, this book cannot be bought anywhere except the bookstore or used copies. It is not available from online booksellers. The ISBN number is 9781454881490. You may try to use the Chemerinsky Con Law casebook but the page numbers in the custom edition and in the syllabus will not match the page numbers in the Con Law book.
First Class Readings
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