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223.8 sec. 001 - California Constitutional Law (Fall 2020)

Instructor: David A. Carrillo  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


W 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 19, 2020
To November 24, 2020

Course Start: August 19, 2020
Course End: November 24, 2020
Class Number: 32961

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course combines the topics formerly covered by Law 223.8 California Constitutional Law, and Law 224.1 California Government: The State Constitution in Practice. This new course offers students two paper options.

We will use the galley proof version of a casebook West will publish in January 2021. The casebook contains more material than we can cover in a three unit course. Students will vote in the first class meeting on which chapters to cover. Casebook chapters we can cover:

• State constitutional design
• California’s constitutional design
• The legislature
• The executive
• The judiciary
• Popular sovereignty and direct democracy
• Individual rights to speech, privacy, equal protection, fundamental rights, religion, and unconstitutional conditions
• Elections
• State and local interaction
• State agency powers and limitations
• Budget and taxation
• Water law

Students will be provided with PDF versions of the chapters we cover, at no cost, along with free copies of the California constitution.

The format will be part lecture and part discussion. A 30 page paper is required. As a 2-A course, the paper may satisfy the writing requirement. Students can choose to write on an original topic of their choice, or write a 30 page response to a final-exam style hypothetical that will be available at the first class meeting.

This course formerly featured many guest speakers; those now will be rare.

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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