Constitutional Law, Government, and Public Policy

The field of constitutional law, government, and public policy allows students to examine the structure of our governmental structure, the role of statutes and the Constitution in our legal system, and the ways in which the United States Constitution both distributes power among the various units of government in the American political system, and limits the exercise of those powers – in particular the proper role of the judiciary in limiting the action of other branches of government. Students interested in Constitutional Law also need to understand the Constitution’s guarantees, such as the freedoms of speech, press, and assembly. Another important aspect of constitutional law, government, and public policy is exposure to statutory protection of civil rights and developing an understanding of the various competing visions of racial equality that are reflected in civil rights legislation, case law, and societal values.

This course examines ways in which the United States Constitution (a) distributes power among the various units of government in the American political system, and (b) limits the exercise of those...

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R. Goldstein J. Varat E. Volokh

This course complements Constitutional Law I. It is devoted mainly to the study of the First Amendment's guarantees of the freedoms of speech, press, and assembly. The course also considers the First...

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R. Re J. Varat

This course addresses the constitutional and statutory provisions, as well as the judicially-created doctrines, that shape and limit the role that federal courts play in our system of government. It...

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K. Crenshaw C. Harris

This is a survey course intended to review both the causal and remedial relationship of law to racial discrimination. The material will provide a brief review of the historic development of race as a...

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B. Emerson J. Michaels

This course is an introduction to the legal, normative, and organizational principles that undergird the administrative state. We will study the sources of law for agency action and examine the ways...

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D. Carbado L. Gómez C. Harris

Throughout American history, race has profoundly affected the lives of individuals, the growth of social institutions, the substance of culture, and the workings of our political economy. Not...

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P. Arenella S. Thaxton

The subject of this course is the criminal process "from bail to jail." We examine the theory, policy, history, and development of the constitutional and non-constitutional procedural components...

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P. Reich

This course provides an introduction to American Constitutional Law in its historic, social, and political context. It surveys the U.S. Supreme Court’s treatment of federalism, separation of powers,...

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