Constitutional Law: Speech and Religion


Course Code:
LAW 7012
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


(Formerly Law 612) This is a course about the freedoms of speech, press, religion, association, and assembly under the First Amendment. Two- thirds of the course will be about freedoms of speech, press, and assembly. We will examine historical context, doctrinal development, and current caselaw. We will ask why government regulates speech (to prevent harms? to protect sensibilities? to redistribute power? to advance the interests and ideas of the politically powerful?), how government regulates speech (by aiming at messages? by aiming at markets? by aiming at when and where speech takes place? by conditioning subsidies?), and what justifications are ever sufficient for limiting speech. We will include consideration of the institutional press and new technologies including the Internet, as well as the rights of private organizations to determine their membership and organization. About a third of the course will be about religion. We will ask how the twin constraints of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses relate, looking especially at notions of neutrality, voluntarism, separation, and accommodation. Elements used in grading: Exam

Current Offerings

2017-2018 Winter

Constitutional Law: Speech and Religion LAW 7012 Section 01 Class #1072

  • 4 Units
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: One-Day Take-Home Exam. Open to First-Year JD Students.

    • Details to come
  • Mon Tue Wed
  • Room: Law280A

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Spring

Constitutional Law: Speech and Religion LAW 612 Section 01 Class #26077

  • 4 Units

Notes: One-Day Take-Home Exam.

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