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223.8 sec. 001 - California Constitutional Law (Fall 2021)

Instructor: David A Carrillo  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 107
From August 19, 2021
To September 30, 2021

Th 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 107
From October 07, 2021
To November 23, 2021

Course Start: August 19, 2021
Course End: November 23, 2021
Class Number: 31808

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 01/25 05:06 PM

This is a substantive constitutional law course. It focuses on California constitutional law, with some discussion of 50-state constitutional features and federal constitutional law for background and comparison.

We will use a new West casebook: California Constitutional Law. The casebook contains more material than we can cover in a three unit course, so students will complete a poll before the first class meeting on which chapters to cover. Possible subjects:

• State constitutional design
• Separation of powers
• Popular sovereignty
• The legislature
• The executive
• The judiciary
• 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 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 (this requires instructor approval). There may be some guest speakers.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Although there are no prerequisites, it is helpful to take a federal constitutional law course before or concurrently with this one.

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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Required Books are in blue

  • California Constitutional Law
    David A. Carrillo and Danny Y. Chou
    Edition: First edition 2021
    Publisher: West Academic
    ISBN: 9781636590516
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $230.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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