University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2016

Course Description
As a study of the Florida Constitution as the charter of state government and a source of fundamental rights for its citizens, the course covers two aspects of the State Constitution: regulating the structure of the state government and providing for individual rights on a variety of topics which may go beyond those provided by the Federal Constitution. Elements of state constitutional law which are covered in the “structural’ section include the following: separation of powers; jurisdiction of courts; functions of the legislature and governor; powers and functions of city and county governments; and constitutional means of, and limitations on, public finance. The “rights’ section of the course covers the Florida constitutional right to privacy, the right to medical self-determination; protections for criminal defendants; equal protection, due process; Florida homestead protection, and access to courts. The interrelationship between the Florida and the U.S. Constitutions in several areas of law will be addressed.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2016 - 11-29-2016   MW  7:30 PM-8:50 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None; federal constitutional law is helpful.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None

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