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224.1 sec. 001 - California Government: The State Constitution in Practice (Fall 2018)

Instructor: David A. Carrillo  (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Douglas Woods  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3


    W 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
    Location: Law 141
    From August 22, 2018
    To November 30, 2018

Course Start: August 22, 2018
Course End: November 30, 2018
Class Number: 32256

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 06/11 02:26 PM

This seminar combines issues of state constitutional law, politics, and public policy to understand the practical reality of California government. The course will examine state constitutional dilemmas in the process of California government and ways in which the state constitution affects and constrains state government, in three broad categories: powers of and interaction between branches of state government, election law and the initiative process, and the state budget and public finance. Rather than asking theoretical constitutional design questions, this course surveys the realities of state government as it presently exists and examines the practical issues that arise in the current system.

Any student interested in constitutional law, public policy, good governance, politics, and local government should consider this course.

Readings will be from the state constitution, selected case decisions, advocate pleadings, and applicable commentary. There are no books to purchase for this course. Readings that are not available on Westlaw or Lexis will be posted on bcourses.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.

Option 2 form needed:

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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