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Spring 2018
5488 Constitutional Law - KNAKE- 11813

Professor(s): Renee Knake (FACULTY)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section A 

Time: T, TH 9:00a-10:30a  W 1:00p-2:30p  Location: 144  TUII

Course Outline: This introductory course will cover the text of the United States Constitution, the power of judicial review over federal and state legislation, and the scope of (and limitations on) the federal government’s power via sources such as commerce, spending, taxing, war and enforcement sections of the post-Civil War amendments. It will cover constitutional constraints on the allocation of federal power amongst the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution will also be addressed, including rights to free speech and religious freedom under the first amendment, as well as rights such as due process and equal protection created or incorporated by the 14th amendment. The course will also briefly consider the treatment of Indians, immigrants and territories under the Constitution.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus updated 2/14/18

Course Notes:   


First Day Assignments: Sign up for the course on TWEN and download the Syllabus posted there. Read the Constitution (Appendix B of your casebook) and read the Syllabus. Come to class with top choices for your opening and response arguments. You will sign up for one of each during class. (If you would like to sign up for arguments on 1/17 or 1/18, please email me for guidance on how to prepare: As an incentive for going first with less time to prepare, those signed up for 1/17, 1/18 and 1/23 will not be required to submit a written brief; instead, their second brief later in the semester will be counted for double-points.)

Final Exam Schedule: 05/10 9am-1pm  Take Home  240 TU2  

This course will have:

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

Experiential Course Type: no

Bar Course: Yes

Course Materials (10/23/2017 2:50:17 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Choper, Fallon, Dorf & Schauer, Leading Cases in Constitutional Law (West 2017)