Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment

Current Offerings

Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment (7010A): This is a course about the history, theory, and doctrine of the Fourteenth Amendment, with special attention paid to the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses. It explores many constitutional dimensions of inequality with a focus on controversies implicating race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It also addresses disputes about contested liberties, including debates about abortion, sexuality, and marriage. Overarching issues will include competing approaches to interpreting the Fourteenth Amendment and core questions about federalism and the role of courts and Congress in enforcing constitutional rights. Class format will be a combination of lecture, on-call panels, and open discussion. Grading will be based on an exam and class participation.

Sections

Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment | LAW 7010A Section 01 Class #1039

  • Goodwin Liu
  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • Enrollment Limitations: Lottery 60
  • Exam:
    • Take-home Final
  • Exam:
      • Remote: Details to come
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Public Law

  • 2021-2022 Spring ( )
  • Mon, Wed
  • Room: LAW 290

Past Offerings

Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment (7010A): This course examines various aspects of the Fourteenth Amendment, with special attention paid to equal protection and substantive due process. We will examine many contested constitutional questions, including, for example: How did gay and lesbian relationships go so quickly from being subject to criminal prohibition to being eligible for marriage? What justifies the Supreme Court's striking down a law mandating segregated schools, when it had upheld an analogous law half a century earlier? Must the law treat all individuals identically, or may and should it grant special protections to members of historically disadvantaged groups? To what sources might (and should) a judge look to give content to vague constitutional terms like "equal protection" and "due process"? How can we distinguish "law" from "politics" in this area? Readings will include judicial opinions and some scholarly commentary. Class discussion will be supplemented with group exercises of various sorts. Elements used in grading: Class participation and exam. Special Instructions: Section 01 (open to 1Ls) is limited to 50 students by lottery. Spots will be reserved for 1Ls. Section 02 (not open to 1Ls) is limited to 50 students by lottery.

Sections

Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment | LAW 7010A Section 01 Class #1066

  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available
  • Enrollment Limitations: Lottery 50
  • Exam:
    • In-class Final
  • Exam:
      • Details to come
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Public Law

Notes: Section 01 (open to 1Ls) is limited to 50 students by lottery. Spots will be reserved for 1Ls.

  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available

Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment | LAW 7010A Section 02 Class #34062

  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available
  • Enrollment Limitations: Lottery 50
  • Exam:
    • In-class Final
  • Exam:
      • Details to come
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Public Law

Notes: Section 02 (not open to 1Ls) is limited to 50 students by lottery.

  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available

Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment (7010): This course examines various aspects of the Fourteenth Amendment, with special attention paid to equal protection and substantive due process. We will examine many contested constitutional questions, including, for example: How did gay and lesbian relationships go so quickly from being subject to criminal prohibition to being eligible for marriage? What justifies the Supreme Court's striking down a law mandating segregated schools, when it had upheld an analogous law half a century earlier? Must the law treat all individuals identically, or may and should it grant special protections to members of historically disadvantaged groups? To what sources might (and should) a judge look to give content to vague constitutional terms like "equal protection" and "due process"? How can we distinguish "law" from "politics" in this area? Readings will include judicial opinions and some scholarly commentary. Class discussion will be supplemented with group exercises of various sorts. Elements used in grading: Class participation and exam.

Sections

Constitutional Law: The Fourteenth Amendment | LAW 7010 Section 01 Class #29899

  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • 2019-2020 Autumn
    Schedule No Longer Available
  • Exam:
    • In-class Final
  • Exam:
      • In-class Final
      • Self Scheduled
    • Room: Room 180
    • @
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Public Law

  • 2019-2020 Autumn
    Schedule No Longer Available
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