Advanced Constitutional Law
Course Number: LAW 604
This seminar traces the intertwined development of federalism, liberty, and equality principles through periods of opposition and harmonization, when both national and local powers have either upheld or violated a range of rights. Beginning with slavery and Reconstruction as a paradigm case, the course considers the roles of federalism, liberty, and equality under the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and structural provisions. The course views current controversies through the lenses of competing constitutional theories, as well as constitutional practice based on analysis of leading cases and emerging issues chosen by students. In addition to seminar discussion, students present short moot courts and produce a research paper or draft judicial opinion.