U.S. Constitutional Law (Internationally- trained LLMs Only) (LAW-503-002)
Internationally trained LLMs only. Assessment: Two in-class exams and one final exam that will each consist of multiple choice and short answer questions.
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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(1) Choper, Fallon, et al., Leading Cases in Constitutional Law (2016 ed.) (“LCCL”)
(2) Richard Kluger, Simple Justice (“Kluger”)
(3) You will also receive a course-pack of supplemental readings (“Supp.”)
First Class Readings
• LCCL 923-38 (Read the text of the US Constitution, including all amendments.)
• The Federalist #10, #51, #84 (Supp.)
• Brutus II (Supp.)
• The Federalist #78 (Supp.)
• LCCL 1-11 (Marbury v. Madison)
• Barron v. Baltimore (Supp.)
• Kluger pp. 26-27, 40-49.
• McDonald v. City of Chicago (Supp.)
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