ConLaw Class 1 – The Founding

January 11th, 2018

Class 1

The Founding

  • The Origins of the Constitution (3-4)
  • The Declaration of Independence (4-12)
  • The Articles of Confederation (31-32)
  • Read the Articles of Confederation (li-lvi)
  • Drafting and Ratifying the Constitution (32-35)
  • Read the Constitution of the United States (xxxiii – xlii).
  • The Federalist Papers (35-36)
  • Federalist No. 10 (36-41).
  • Federalist No. 78 (41-46)
  • Federalist No. 51 (46-50)
  • The Origins of the Bill of Rights and Anti-Federalist Complaints (50-51)
  • James Madison Delivers on the Promise of a Bill of Rights (56)
  • Read the Amendments to the Constitution (xlii-l)

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

The lecture notes are here.

This is the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776).


This is the first page of the Articles of Confederation (Ratified in 1781).


These are the four pages of the Constitution of the United States of America. The Constitution was proposed on September 17, 1787, and ratified on June 21, 1788 with the ratification of New Hampshire, the 9th State to join the Union.


These are the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, proposed in 1789 and ratified in 1791 (the phrase “The Bill of Rights” only came into common parlance following the Civil War).