University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
This is a course in U.S. constitutional law right now. It takes as its starting point cases raising constitutional questions that the Supreme Court will have decided to hear during the 2017 Term -- perhaps also, however, matters that the Court decided not to consider. Many of the cases will still be pending at the time the course addresses them. As a result, judicial opinions issued at initial stages in the cases at hand, arguments and citations raised by counsel in Supreme Court filings and proceedings, and other pertinent materials will sometimes come within our compass. Some cases will touch on themes familiar from U.S. Constitutional Law I or II. Others will visit matters studied — likely from other angles -- in criminal or civil procedure or other courses. Still others may raise issues largely new to the curriculum. The idea is to build up a sense of the approaches to constitutional law evident within the work of the current Supreme Court, as well as associated preoccupations, divisions, achievements, failures etc. Recurring difficulties in constitutional law, evident across the longer run, will no doubt become apparent as well.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-16-2018 - 04-25-2018   MW  2:00 PM-3:20 PM TBD

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: The course assumes that all students have taken U.S. Constitutional Law I or its equivalent. U.S. Constitutional Law II is recommended — whether studied previously or concurrently. Every effort will be made to distribute all course materials digitally, at no cost to students. As a consequence, most Supreme Court opinions or associated materials (for example) will not be edited.
Method of Evaluation: There will be two examinations. The first, a weekend take-home effort, would likely be scheduled a week or two after spring break. This examination will address cases and materials distributed in the first part of the course, as well as materials distributed to be read during the weekend examination period itself. The second examination – much shorter and more straightforward – will take up added materials considered in the last part of the course. It is likely that all or part of this second examination will be closed-book. Details and mechanics of the two examinations – including the relative weights of the exams for grading purposes – will be discussed from time to time in class
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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