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220.6 sec. 001 - Constitutional Law (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Jennifer M Chacon  
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Units: 4
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


TuTh 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 110
From January 11, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 11, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 31475
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 107
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 107
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This course critically examines ways in which the United States Constitution (a) distributes power among the various units of government in the American political system, and (b) limits the exercise of those powers. The course considers two sets of structural limitations on government: the division between the nation and the states (as well as colonized nations and territories) in the federal system; and the separation of powers among the three branches (legislative, executive, and judicial) of the national government. It considers the Civil War Amendments (13th, 14th, and 15th) as limits on state and federal power, and as sources of federal congressional power. A major focus throughout is the proper role of the judiciary in limiting the action of other branches of government.

The course will give substantial coverage to questions of federal judicial review, Article I congressional power (especially the commerce clause), executive power, federalism, equal protection, and substantive due process. The course examines how these concepts have emerged in doctrine, and how they have been contested and reframed through politics and the mobilizations of social movements during transformative periods of U.S. history. This will require us to address contemporary constitutional controversies such as war power and immigration; equality questions centering on race, gender and sexual orientation; and the power of the government to limit abortion access, parenting choices and more.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class satisfies the J.D. Constitutional Law Requirement.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 8 hours
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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