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Constitutional Law (Amar) - Sec 1
Spring 2018   LAW 501-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 9:00AM - 11:45AM
Gittis Hall 1
M 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Gittis Hall 1

Faculty
Akhil Reed Amar

Visiting Professor of Law

akhamar@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Course Concentrations
Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Skills Training
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
100% Exam

Exam
Essay,
In Class,
Partial Open Book (The students will be required hand in essay with the exam on an assigned topic. They may bring any hard copy they wish. Computers will be locked with examsoft.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Category
First-Year

Credits
4.0

A study of basic issues of federal constitutional law. Major topics will be: the role of courts in the interpretation of enforcement of the U.S. Constitution; the scope of federal legislative powers under the Constitution; federalism limitations placed on the powers of state and local governments; individual civil, political, and human rights under the U.S. Constitution, with the primary emphasis on the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.


Textbooks

"America's Constitution: A Biography" by Akhil Reed Amar
Edition: 2005
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780812972726
Required

"America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By" by Akhil Reed Amar
Edition: 1st edition
Publisher: Basic BOoks
ISBN: 9780465064908
Required

"Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials" by Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, Akhil Reed Amar
Edition: 6th ed. (2014)
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
ISBN: 9780735594449
Required

"The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era" by Akhil Reed Amar
Edition: 1st edition
Publisher: Basic BOoks
ISBN: 9780465096336
Required

"The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic" by Akhil Reed Amar
Edition: 1st edition
Publisher: Basic BOoks
ISBN: 9780465065905
Required