Constitutional & Public Law

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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P. Arenella D. Carbado J. Chacón B. Colgan D. Dolinko L. Levenson

This course studies Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment constitutional restraints on the activities of law enforcement officers during the investigatory stage of the criminal process. Special...

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This course will examine the current state of regulation and litigation surrounding advertising—especially TV and internet advertising—in the United States. The enormous growth in advertising has led...

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K. Crenshaw C. Harris

This survey course examines the causal and remedial relationship of law to racial discrimination. The course begins with a historical overview of the law's engagement with race in order to...

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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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This course examines legal and policy challenges stemming from rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats. Cyber insecurities affect many types of actors—for example, individuals who suffer...

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K. Stone

This course will focus on the federal law governing relations between private-sector employers and workers acting collectively through unions. We will study union organizing, collective bargaining...

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S. Ames S. Kaplan

What this course is. This course surveys American employment law, with an emphasis on California law. We will not take a chronological, cradle to grave (i.e., hiring to firing) approach. Instead, we...

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N. Zatz

This course examines the regulation of employment discrimination through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related laws. It offers a comprehensive introduction to conceptualizing and...

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C. Goldberg A. Riley

This course provides an overview of federal Indian law through a study of cases and historical and contemporary materials. It covers the basic conflicts among sovereign governments which dominate...

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J. Michaels

This course is an introductory examination of U.S. national security law. We will study questions relating to the exercise of military force, the conduct of intelligence operations, and the...

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S. Gardbaum

This course will focus on the comparative study of constitutional law in both older and newer democracies around the world. It will begin with discussion of the contemporary issue of "democratic...

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J. Glater

For more than a century, law and the legal system have played a major role in the shaping of public education in the United States. Repeatedly in that history lawmakers, teachers, students and their...

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S. Cummings

This course will consider the source, scope, and limits of local government power. It will consider the relationship of local governments to state and federal government and of the relationship of...

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P. Arenella B. Colgan S. Thaxton

This course examines how a criminal case advances through the court system. Topics include prosecutorial power and ethical obligations; grand jury, competency, and bail proceedings; jury selection;...

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S. Minter J. Samuels

This course explores the rapidly-evolving ways in which the law constructs, regulates, and concerns gender and sexuality. The course is largely an advanced constitutional law course (equal protection...

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D. Lowenstein

In this course, we will discuss the basic themes surrounding the legal regulation of elections, politics, and the political process as a whole. We will cover all the major Supreme Court cases (and a...

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D. Lowenstein

Many of the rules that govern the modern legal order come from statutes enacted by legislatures and from regulations issued by administrative agencies. While most law school classes focus on case...

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J. Villasenor

This course addresses some of the most pressing and interesting constitutional questions raised by new technologies. Issues to be considered include the tension between anonymous speech and allegedly...

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This is a course on the Supreme Court of the United States, with a special emphasis on the Court’s status as a political institution in American life. As lawyers and citizens, we mostly are...

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S. Thaxton

This course provides a general introduction to death penalty law and practice in the United States. We will explore the constitutional and legal structure of capital punishment (i.e., common law...

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This course will analyze the major challenges of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law at a global level. The contribution of constitutions, constitutional litigation and constitutional rights to the...

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P. Reich

This course is open only to LL.M. students. The class provides an introduction to American Constitutional Law in its historical, social, and political context. It surveys the U.S. Supreme Court's...

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A. Alben

“Privacy" has emerged as a critical component of consumer protection in our data-driven economy. Most Americans believe that privacy is under siege, yet they would find it difficult to define what...

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N. Netanel D. Nimmer

Social media both underwrite a golden age of free speech and threaten to undermine democracy. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media bring unprecedented opportunities for...

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This seminar will explore contemporary controversies about, and the actual practice of, constitutional interpretation, with a non-exclusive focus on the Supreme Court of the United States. Among the...

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K. Abou El Fadl

What is a political crime? Is there a meaningful distinction between a political as opposed to a non-political or common crime? And what is the relationship of political crimes to terrorism? This...

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C. Spillenger

The purposes of this seminar are several. First, it seeks to provide a deeper, more contextualized study for some of the cases and topics that students are likely to have encountered in...

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J. Dienstag

This course will examine the important trends in European political and constitutional theory in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, that is, the political theory that was current and...

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B. Emerson

This course will examine the nature of “the executive power” from legal, theoretical, and historical perspectives. The executive branch exercises vast legal authority, in the form of executive...

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Central to the extraordinary success of the American experiment is the ability of religious minorities to thrive. This success is largely attributable to the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and...

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K. Abou El Fadl N. Espíritu

This course will cover the major topics dealing with barriers and protections for racial minority participation in the political process, including voting rights law, reapportionment, redistricting,...

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S. Dolovich

The 8th Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause is the constitutional provision that limits what the state can do to convicted criminal offenders as punishment. Substantive challenges to...

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A. Winkler

This seminar will focus on the right to keep and bear arms. We will examine the philosophical and historical origins of the arms right; the controversy over the original meaning of the Second...

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A. Littman S. Patel J. Schwartz

The Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic pursues police reform through civil litigation. In the seminar, students will develop litigation skills including complaint drafting, litigation...

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E. Volokh

This Clinic files friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of nonprofits (e.g., the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and more) in a wide range of First...

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S. Banner

In this course students work on real cases before the United States Supreme Court, while learning how the Court selects and decides its cases and how lawyers shape their arguments. Our work consists...

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A. Winkler

This course will offer students the chance to simulate oral argument and decision-making in the Supreme Court of the United States. Each class will revolve around a single current case before the...

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J. Schwartz

This two-credit course offers an overview of key doctrines (including municipal liability, qualified immunity, and supervisory liability), remedies (including damages and injunctive relief), and...

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L. Sager

Our Constitution does not include a single reference to God, yet devotes more attention to religious liberty than to any other liberty-bearing feature of our constitutional jurisprudence. And our...

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This course addresses some of the most pressing constitutional questions raised by new technologies. The course is largely case-based, and considers the evolving technology-driven challenges of...

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Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against an out-of-control executive. But impeachment is more than a vote on whether the president is a national menace. It’s a dynamic and...

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