Course Number: LAW 558
Constitutional law constitutes the legal system and governs government. This course surveys the United States Constitution, how it is interpreted, and who interprets it. Following the text of the Constitution, the course begins with popular sovereignty as expressed in the Preamble. Next the course examines the vesting and limitation of legislative powers in Article I, executive power in Article II, and judicial power in Article III, as well as the relationship of the federal government to the States. Then the course examines the Bill of Rights with a focus on the First Amendment’s Religion and Speech Clauses. The course concludes by examining the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. In addition to class discussion, students post short briefs on emerging issues and take a final exam.