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Constitutional Law (Abu El-Haj)

Spring 2023   LAW 501-001  

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Additional Information

Skills Training

100% Exam,
Other (Outstanding class participation can move borderline grades up one half a grade.)

Take Home,
Partial Open Book (Open book & notes, not open internet.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

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:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I generally recommend students who are absent ask two classmates to take notes for them that day. You can then meet with Tasneem Warwani, the teaching assistant. Thereafter, I am happy to clear up any remaining questions in office hours. If you are not comfortable asking a classmate for notes, I will arrange for Tasneem and another student to share notes.

Meeting Times/Location
MTW 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Tanenbaum Hall 145



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.


"Constitutional Law" by Noah Feldman & Kathleen M. Sullivan
Edition: 20th ed (2019)
Publisher: Foundation Press
ISBN: 978168328787