Welcome to Constitutional Law

January 5th, 2016

Welcome to Constitutional Law. This class will cover a wide range of topics in constitutional law, including our constitutional structure, the scope of federal powers, the separation of powers, the 14th Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, individual liberty, federalism, the First Amendment speech and religion clauses, the Supreme Court, and many other topics. We will be using “The Constitution of the United States” by Paulsen, Calabresi, McConnell, Bray (Second Edition, Foundation Press, 2013).

You can find the syllabus here. Your assignment for the first day of class on 1/14/16:

Our Founding Documents

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Articles of Confederation (pp. 1633-1638)
  • The Constitution of the United States (pp. 1-15).
  • The Adoption of the Constitution (19-27).
  • Six broad themes of the Constitution (35-39).
  • Map of the Constitution (39-42).

Note: Read these documents in their entirety. They’re not long. And no one should graduate law school without reading them at least once.

You can also view all the class videos by subscribing to the YouTube channel. I have created playlists of the lectures from previous years.

Here is the playlist for the lectures from Fall 2015.

The lectures for this semester will appear on this playlist.