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Fall 2021

Course Description
This course surveys the most litigated clauses of the most litigated provisions of the U.S. Constitution: Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment, as judicially interpreted since the Slaughterhouse Cases of 1873. That first-ever, 5-4 interpretation of the still-fresh post-Civil War text effectively nullified the amendment’s Privileges or Immunities Clause. Since then, 150-plus years of continual judicial interpretation has produced overlapping doctrines and multi-tiered tests under the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause that, today, define the “fundamental rights” of equality and liberty in everyday life. Using problems, worksheets, exercises, and other study aids that complement the casebook, the course examines the (frequently split) opinions behind the doctrines and tests, with an emphasis on doctrinal synthesis, critical thinking, and legal analysis. To do so, the course opens with a textual-structural-historical overview of the Constitution that builds on the Constitutional I course, equipping students to examine specific opinions within the larger constitutional system or context that allows for them in the first place. Reflecting how this subject is tested in bar examinations nationwide, the course exposes students to every mode of assessment that graduates are likely to encounter in those licensing settings (e.g., from traditional and short-answer essays to multiple-choice questions).

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021   MW  3:35 PM-5:15 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 (combining essay and multiple choice)
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Basic
Bar Subject(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:
  • Textbook Name: Constitutional Law
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet, and Karlan
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 8th
    ISBN: 978144876670
First Class Assignment(s):



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-1780
Office: G369