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220.6 sec. 003 - Constitutional Law (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Ian Haney Lopez  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 4
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


WF 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 132
From January 12, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 12, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 31477
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 81
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

Though it covers much of the same material discussed in the other sections, this introductory Constitutional Law course likely differs in the following ways: First, it foregrounds questions of social hierarchy, politics, and power, as these affect marginal groups and also as these shape society as a whole. Second, it downplays current doctrine (which is, in any event, shifting rapidly) in favor of an emphasis on the evolving meanings of the Constitution since the nation's founding. Third, it takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on history, sociology, political science, and critical theory. In short, this aims to be an intellectually ambitious, big-question class (while also maintaining a sense of humor!).

Substantively, the course engages the following topics: judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, equal protection, and substantive due process. It examines how these concepts have been filtered through politics and institutional constraints during transformative eras of American history, such as the Founding, the Civil War, the New Deal, the Civil Rights Movement, and the recent rightward shift in American politics. All of this lays the groundwork for parsing significant contemporary alterations in constitutional law in areas including race, gender, abortion, sexual orientation, health care, and civil rights laws.

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 5 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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Required Books are in blue

  • Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials
    Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, J. M. Balkin, Akhil Reed Amar, Reva B. Siegel
    Edition: 7th edition, 2018
    Publisher: Aspen/Wolters Kluwer
    ISBN: 9781454899242
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $292.00
    Price Source: user provided

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