ML: American Constitutional Law (Gerhardt)
W 5:30PM - 8:15PM
Masters in Law
This offering in the Master in Law curriculum, Introduction to American Constitutional Law, will cover landmark constitutional decisions and several contemporary disputes in constitutional law. Among the fundamental subjects to be covered are the origins of the American Constitution; the foundations and scope of judicial review; basic separation of powers; Congress' regulatory powers; executive power under the federal Constitution; and the basic civil liberties protected by the federal Constitution. The contemporary conflicts to be discussed will likely include state and federal regulatory power in a pandemic, how far the President may go in impeding congressional investigations of his administration, legal options for addressing police brutality, and First Amendment rights and limitations with respecting to protesting on a grand scale. JD, LLM, and LLCM students are not permitted to take this class. The grade in class will be based on class participation and the single final exam. Class attendance is required; and no mid-term examination will be given. Textbooks – All assigned materials will be available at no cost on the internet. Below is a tentative list of our assignments: TBA
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.