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ML: American Constitutional Law (Ruger)

Spring 2023   LAW 505-301  

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Theodore Ruger

Dean Emeritus and John H. Chestnut Professor of Law

Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Meeting Times/Location
T 5:00PM - 7:45PM
Gittis Hall 2

Masters in Law


This course is an introduction to American constitutional law and will cover fundamental constitutional doctrine and contemporary, controversial disputes in constitutional law. Among the subjects to be covered are the origins of the American Constitution, the foundations and scope of judicial review, basic civil liberties under the federal Constitution such as the freedoms of speech and religion, equal protection and due process, and foundational issues of separation of powers, executive and legislative power, and state sovereignty. Among the contemporary conflicts to be discussed will be the scope of the special counsel’s powers to investigate corruption within or by people in the Trump administration, the President’s options in response to the special counsel investigation, and the President’s power to reshape the Supreme Court. Weekly readings will include major Supreme Court cases, selections from Professor Richard Fallon’s short volume The Dynamic Constitution (the only required text), and selected articles and other materials.

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.


"The Dynamic Constitution: An Introduction to American Constitutional Law and Practice" by Richard H. Fallon Jr
Edition: 2nd edition
Publisher: Cambridge
ISBN: 9781107642577