Political & Civil Rights
This course surveys the major constitutional and statutory protections of individual rights. The class is intended to provide students with an understanding of the doctrines or rules governing individual rights as well as theoretical issues and policy choices that inform constitutional law. We will generally not be covering “structural” issues such as separation of powers or the Commerce Clause, because those issues are adequately covered in first-year Con Law. We will also not be covering the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, as those Amendments are covered in Criminal Procedure. This course will cover issues of Equal Protection quite heavily. Also, while the course will cover the First Amendment’s Speech Clause in some detail, we will not have time to cover the Religion Clauses at all.