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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

Akhil Reed Amar

Visiting Professor of Law

Additional Information

Skills Training
Other Professional Skills:

100% Exam

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


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.



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.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.


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

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

"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

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

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