Section Description Provided by Instructor
This course provides an introduction to United States Constitutional Law for students who are steeped in other legal traditions. The course therefore covers fundamental structural elements of US Constitutionalism: the key powers of the federal government; the separation and interaction of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; the emergence of the administrative state; and the relation between the federal and state governments. The course then examines several key individual rights, including rights of privacy and autonomy, rights of equality and, as time permits, rights of free speech. Along the way, we will explore the major values and principles that animate these doctrinal fields, including alternative theories of democracy, distributive justice, autonomy, and practical problem-solving capacities. Throughout, we will examine alternative methods of legal interpretation that have, or might potentially have, legitimacy in the US Constitutional system.
MTW 2:50 –3:50 p.m.
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Open only to LLM students who do not have a U.S. JD. Students who are not in the LLM program and who register for this course will be dropped from the class.