Constitutional Law I
Section 1

HU Course No. 600-612

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Required Book and Materials

The Constitution

Jamar & Francois, draft Constitutional Law book chapters. You should use the 2016 version of these chapters as they come available.  The first four chapters should be posted in mid to late December 2015.

Table of Contents
01 Introduction (2016)
02 Foundations (2016)
03 Judicial Power (2016)
04 Commerce Clause Power (2016)
05 Spending and Taxing Powers (2015)
06 Other Congressional Powers
07 Reconstruction Amendments–Power (2015)
08 Executive Power (2015)
09 Separation of Powers (2015)
10  Constitutional Limits on State Power (2015)
11 Federalism & Sovereignty (2015)

Supplemental materials to be provided from Prof. Jamar from time to time (online).

Recommended Books

Additional Perspectives

Brian Landsberg and Leslie Jacobs, Global Issues in Constitutional Law (Thompson West 2007)

Sanford Levinson, Our Undemocratic Constitution:  Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It) (Oxford University Press 2006) (paperback edition 2007)

Study Aids

Mark C. Alexander, A Short & Happy Guide to Constitutional Law (West 2013) ISBN: 9780314286055

Weaver, Frieland, Hancock, Lively, Acing Constitutional Law (West 2010)

Allan Ides & Chistopher N. May, Constitutional Law: National Power and Federalism – Examples and Explanations (6th ed. Aspen Publ. 2013)


Please note that the syllabus shows what is planned.  The course is unlikely to stay exactly on schedule.

First Assignments

Classes 1-3:

Constitution Articles 1, 2, 3 & Amends. 1, 5, 10, 11, 14

Jamar & Francois, Introduction 2016 Draft 1-15; Foundations Draft pp. 1-43, with particular emphasis on Marbury v. Madison (1803).

Jamar & Francois, Foundations Draft pp.43-61 with particular emphasis on Worcester v. Georgia (1832)


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last update 24 October 2015