Printable Version

Fall 2014
5297 Origins of the Federal Constitution - ESKRIDGE/PETERSON- 25367


Credits: 2

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 

Time: CANCELLED    Location:  

Course Outline: Origins of the Federal Constitution presents an intensive introduction to the historical sources of the Constitution. By reference to original source documents, the class considers the common law and other influences on early American government and justice, such as Locke, Montesquieu, and Blackstone’s Commentaries; the colonial experience leading to and immediately following the American Revolution; documents and debate directly relevant to formation of individual constitutional provisions and amendments; and the initial experience and understanding of the Constitution, through to Story’s Commentaries, in addition to later amendments. The class will also consider the influence and use of this material on modern interpretation of the Constitution.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Adjunct Professor Charles Eskridge’s professional bio can be found here:

Adjunct Professor Will Peterson’s professional bio can be found here:


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:      

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course:

Course Materials (4/1/2014 9:23:45 AM)

No book required for this course

Per professor - course material will be provided on a CD that will be made available free to students taking the course.