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Fall 2020 Seminar

Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

Prerequisites: For JD students, Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Constitutional Law: First Amendment, or Separation of Powers. For LLM students, enrollment is by permission of the instructor.

Exam Type: No Exam

This is an advanced constitutional law seminar for students who have already taken the introductory Constitutional Law course. The seminar will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of competing theories of constitutional interpretation, the role of the Supreme Court in our political system, and analysis of the judicial process. Each week, these themes will be examined through the lens of a current “hot topic” in constitutional law – for example, partisan gerrymandering, free speech, the limits of executive power, electronic surveillance, voting rights, campaign finance, immigration, same-sex marriage, and other topics.

This is not a “spectator” class; all students will be expected to participate actively in class discussion each week. This is a good seminar for students interested in clerking or pursuing academia.

Note: This seminar will take place over two weeks only on the following dates: Oct 19-22 and Oct 26-29.