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Constitutional Law (Shaw) - Sec 1

Spring 2024   LAW 501-001  

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Skills Training

100% Exam,
Other (Outstanding class participation and a 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
MT 9:45AM - 11:45AM
Gittis Hall 1



A study of the foundational issues in federal constitutional law. Major topics will include: the role of courts in the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution; the nature and scope of executive power; the nature and scope of legislative power; federalism and the limits of federal power; and individual rights under the U.S. Constitution, with a 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.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.


""Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials" by Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, Akhil Reed Amar, Reva B. Siegel, Cristina M. Rodriguez
Edition: 8th 2022
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 9781543838558