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LAW 645

Reading The Constitution

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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] [ Transactional ] as a Key Elective : This seminar provides students an opportunity to do a careful reading of the text at the heart of our democratic system of government. It will offer you a chance to think about how best to read the Constitution, which should serve to inform both the way you think as a lawyer and the way you approach other textual analysis during your career.

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This seminar is devoted to a careful reading of the entire text of the U.S. Constitution, from the Preamble to the 27th Amendment. From "We the People," through the structure of government, to the Bill of Rights, the Reconstruction amendments, and Progressive and Modern Era Amendments, the text of the Constitution tells an overall story about America's supreme law that is rich, intricate, and surprising, yet too often neglected, even in law school. In addition to the text itself, we will consult historical materials from the drafting and ratification of the parts under consideration each week. And throughout the seminar, we will occasionally step back to consider and assess various classic statements by scholars, judges, and presidents about how to best read the Constitution. The goal of the course is the title of the course: to read the Constitution with attentive and open eyes; to become familiar with its text, even the parts that are rarely litigated; to learn some of the history of its creation, even the stories that do not fill amicus briefs; to consider how the different clauses and sections may relate to each other; and to examine several different methods of reading the Constitution as a whole. nnElements used in grading: Class Participation, Written Assignments, Final Paper

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