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Fall 2020
LAW217  DL-A  CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II

Course Description
This online course introduces students to the protection of individual rights and liberties under the federal constitution.
The bulk of the course is devoted to the 14th Amendment's various provisions. After a brief historical-conceptual overview, attention will focus chiefly on three key doctrinal areas that have dominated much of Constitutional Law for the past century and more: (1) “equal protection” and the meaning of equality; (2) express/implied “fundamental” rights and “substantive” due process; (3) the intersection of equal protection with substantive due process and fundamental rights. The course emphasizes “critical thinking,” constitutional doctrine, and cutting-edge issues to help students learn Con Law and also to improve their analytical skills.
The class meets online via zoom during the times scheduled by the Law School for this course. This online course covers exactly the same materials as the in-classroom course. We follow exactly the same syllabus. The course exam is scheduled, like all others, for the end of the semester as part of the Law School exam period.
At the end of each class session, the Professor will distribute a worksheet for you to complete at home in preparation for the next class period. Each worksheet consists of short-answer questions keyed to the assigned readings. On average, questions are designed to take 10 minutes or less to answer. Your complete worksheets will be due before the next class begins via email or course site. We will review and discuss the completed worksheets together during the following class period, focusing on highlights. The completed worksheets will be our script or agenda for each class discussion. All students are encouraged and expected to participate. To ensure a smooth experience for all, please make sure you have reliable internet service, and are situated in a quiet place during class times.
These worksheets are designed to be study aids. They are designed to make your understanding of Con Law easier, faster, and better. They focus your attention on specific details within the assigned readings to make sure you take note and think of them. Set aside a couple of hours to focus on them properly. Completing them will ensure you are learning as well as you can throughout the entire semester, and that you will be as prepared as possible for the end-of-course exam. In addition, as we will discuss during our first class session, every student can earn “extra” credits to boost final grades (up to ten points) by completing all worksheets well and submitting them on time.


Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   TR  2:00 PM-3:40 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: US Constitutional Law I
Method of Evaluation: Examination (based mostly on multiple choice questions).
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Distance Learning
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
FLORIDA
MBE
Concentration(s):
Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship Law Area of Focus (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Constitutional Law
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet, and Karlan
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 8th
    ISBN: 9781454876670
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please read pp. xxxix-liii (text of the original Constitution), pp. 1-15 (origins), and pp. 35-39 (Note 3 on judicial review) from the required text, Constitutional Law (8th ed.) by Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet & Karlan. We will be discussing the readings in class as per the worksheet attached. As a courtesy, scanned copies of the assigned readings are also attached.

    Material:
    Constitutional Law (8th ed., 2017) by Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet & Karlan

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    www.courses.miami.edu

    Additional Information:
    The course page is available on Blackboard. Please log into the Blackboard platform and familiarize yourself with the structure of the course page as well as it's functions.
      

    Con II 2020 Worksheet 1 (Intros and Judicial Review)FV1.docx
    Casebook pp xxxix - liii.pdf
    Casebook pp 1 - 15.pdf
    Casebook pp 35 - 39.pdf

 
Professor(s)

VALDES, FRANK


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: fvaldesmiami@icloud.com
Phone: (305)284-1780
Office: G369