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Fall 2020

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
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   MW  4:10 PM-5:50 PM DL

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
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Florida Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Cooper, Durham, Woody
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Edition: 5th edition
    ISBN: 9781611630848
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: No first class assignments,please look over the Florida Constitution at the rear of the book.

    Copper John F. and Marks Jr., Thomas C., Florida Constitutional Law, Carolina Academic Press
    (5th ed. 2013) plus copies of supplemental cases listed in the syllabus or provided later.
    Supplemental Materials are available via Blackboard or from assistant Catherine May at

    Florida Constitution Contained in Appendix to text.

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    Please see a copy of the syllabus attached below or on blackboard. Class Schedule - Mondays and Wednesdays Time: 4:10 PM - 5:50 PM If you need assistance or have questions regarding Blackboard, please contact the Learning Platforms Help Desk or call 305 284 3949

    Fall 2020 Revised Syllabus.pdf



Contact Information:


Contact Information:
Phone: 305-773-2984