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220.6 sec. 4 - Constitutional Law (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Russell Robinson  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 4
Meeting Time: MTuTh 2:15-3:25
Meeting Location: 132

Course Start: January 07, 2013
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49601 (section 7)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49592


This is an introductory course on Constitutional Law. Although it is primarily a substantive class, the course will also focus on skill building, including small group exercises and practice exams. It will enhance students' abilities to read and synthesize cases, to formulate effective legal arguments, to engage in critical analysis, and to write law school exams.

Although the course will cover basic principles such as judicial review and federalism, the focus will be on the role of the courts in assessing questions of equal protection (based on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability) and establishing the boundaries of fundamental rights, including sexual conduct, procreation, and marriage. We will also address contemporary constitutional controversies, such as the question of same-sex marriage.

Constitutional Law is a required prerequisite for the Death Penalty Clinic and Seminar, Federal Courts, Supreme Court Seminar, and Constitutional Litigation. It is also recommended that students complete Constitutional Law before enrolling in Administrative Law, Legislation, Immigration, Local Government Law, Environmental Justice, Employment Discrimination, Family Law, and Law of Democracy.

This course satisfies the Constitutional Law Requirement.

Exam Notes: F
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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  • Constitutional Law 2012 Case Supplement
    Erwin Chemerinsky,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9781454810841
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Constitutional Law: Cases & Materials
    Erwin Chemerinsky,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9781454815310
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 147.14
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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